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What Makes Damon Lamar Reed An Everyday Hero? | Downtown Chicago Murals

Even Chicago's local government has "woken up" because of Reed. Check out the story of Damon Lamar Reed; the city recently gave him the grant to fund future "Downtown Chicago Murals," including QR codes that link viewers to details regarding the missing people being portrayed.


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Josh Daniels

a year ago | 1 min read

Your Everyday Heroes has been fortunate to work with Damon Lamar Reed.
We were initially drawn to his story because (1) he is simply a talented
mural artist, and (2) his work creating
downtown Chicago murals serves a
purpose higher than himself, something we’ll touch on in a bit. While
we by no means consider self-serving art “bad,” we wish to promote work
that leaves our audience feeling inspired; Reed far exceeds these criteria.

“One of my taglines is, ‘Create, inspire, and uplift,’” the painter of stunning murals tells us.

The purpose of Reed’s most recent project Still Searching is to lend a voice to a group of women who have had their own voices taken from them. Still Searching is
a collection of portraits and downtown Chicago murals of Black women
who have gone missing in the Chicagoland area. In Lamar’s own words, “I
do it to raise awareness, I do it to bring honour, and I do it to create
something beautiful.” 

What Makes Damon Lamar Reed An Everyday Hero?

To the families of the women he paints in his downtown Chicago
murals, Damon Lamar Reed is an everyday hero. “Damon is a godsend,” says
Shakelia Jackson, the aunt of Yasmin Acree, who was 15 when she went
missing in 2008. Her case was largely ignored by the media. But when
Reed painted Acree, a flame was reignited in the search for her. Jackson
goes on to say of Reed, “God touched him. He used him to wake up
everyone.”

Even Chicago’s local government has “woken up” because of Reed’s
murals: the city recently gave him a grant that will fund future murals,
which will include QR codes that link viewers to details regarding the
missing people being portrayed in the murals.

Reed believes that his murals will have a “ripple effect” that can
potentially lead to cold cases being solved; with greater attention
brought to these missing women through his murals, people who were
involved with their disappearances may feel compelled to share
information, and police will be more likely to investigate old leads.






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