Garland of Praise Songs: Exhibit unveiled at law school


 An art installation of 26 wood, fiber and fabric totems debuted Tuesday, June 3, at Wayne State University Law School’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights to honor civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Damon J. Keith.

“A Garland of Praise Songs for Rosa Parks” honors Parks and Keith for their integrity and courage. The installation was created by Lester Johnson, a native Detroiter who recently retired after 35 years as professor of fine arts at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. The art installation, which will be permanently exhibited, is made possible by a grant from the DTE Energy Foundation.

Johnson earned his master of fine arts degrees from the University of Michigan and  has exhibited his work in the Detroit Institute of Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and galleries and museums around the world. His work also is extensively represented in private and public collections.

The exhibit will be open for viewing from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Admission to view the exhibit is free. The law school is at 471 W. Palmer St.