We the people have heard that in time the structure of the Hunter Street Bridge will require the tearing down of the existing bridge which has been painted by artists Narcissa Weatherbee, Betty Justin and Doris Rogers. Narcissa and Betty have since passed away. The bridge depicts the quilts of the Quakers who founded the city of Woodbury. It is loved by everyone who has seen it and is even loved by Quakers in England where the Wood family originated. Not only would it take away the bridge formed bewteen two countries through art but it would be a disservice to the community of which Narcissa Weatherbee contributed to profoundly with her summer program Art in the Streets that provided free art classes to children in the various neighborhoods througout Woodbury. She also organized Art in the Park and several art festivals. She was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. We the people are requesting that the City of Woodbury find a way to memorialize the artwork on the bridge with a plaque that honors the involved artists and the history of the Woodbury Quakers. Woodbury is an historical town with a story often overlooked. It is also a struggling city that is spiraling down into a ghost town. It is vital that the city puts into perspective what made it a good place to live. Narcissa Weatherbee was one of the key elements. She should be recognized there and honored. The bridge is a milestone and remembered by everyone. Find a way to keep the artwork of the bridge and bring culture back to the city. Keep culture, the arts alive in Woodbury. Show the community that it's creative spirit and heart is still important. Make something people want to visit Woodbury to see! We the people request that the City of Woodbury addresses our concern.
- City of Woodbury
Preserve artwork on Hunter St. Bridge.
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