Ricky Singh moved to Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte around 12 years ago.
The former New Yorker says it just felt like home. But his home hasn’t had a lot of good news recently.
“We dealt with…a massacre,” Singh said.
The shooting, which occurred during a block party last month, left four people dead. Singh is using art to tell the story of Beatties Ford.
“It’s not about intentionally trying to shift perception, it’s about encouraging people to come learn. The same way again you would treat a person,” Singh said.
He and a number of people from the community came together to create two murals. The first is where the shooting happened and the second says “West End” and each letter was painted by a different artist.
It’s not only his project. Singh worked with artist Deneer Davis and Shamelle Jackson to place a refrigerator outside a former police station at North College and Seventh street in Uptown Charlotte.
Singh wants to have 52 of them around the city over the next year.
“In a time of COVID we have families that might have a roof over their heads for 30 days, but may not be able to have a fridge stocked,” Singh said.
Singh says he follows the old African proverb “if you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far go together.”
Singh thinks the choice, especially in these times, is obvious.
“What you’re seeing and witnessing now is people going together,” Singh said.
Going and building together to give people a little hope where it sometimes seems hard to find. Singh is accepting food donations for the refrigerators.