A series of murals paying homage to the history of Paterson were unveiled on Friday morning.
“Paterson is going to experience a renaissance and at the heart of any rebirth — the arts,” mayor Andre Sayegh said in unveiling the murals painted on the exterior of Michael’s Energy Factory at 59 Spruce Street. “We are painting Paterson with a different brush.”
Murals feature founding father Alexander Hamilton, baseball star Larry Doby, comedian Lou Costello, and a woman operating a machine inside a silk mill.
New Jersey Community Development Corporation commissioned the murals. David Thompson and Halls That Inspire painted the murals.
“This is just a wonderful depiction of Paterson’s history,” Bob Guarasci, CEO of New Jersey Community Development Corporation, said. “If anybody wants to learn about Paterson, let them come to the corner of Spruce and Oliver.”
Guarasci’s nonprofit organization owns many of the buildings on Spruce Street.
“I invite everyone. When you’re here in the Great Falls area, you’re by the Art Factory, you’re getting off the highway, I want you to come down and take it in,” the mayor said.