Mural of Auriel
- 145 Epps Bridge Rd, Athens, GA 30606
- (706) 543-9144
This mural created by Athens artist Ronnie Hull pays tribute to his late friend Auriel Callaway. Auriel Briana “Thumpa” Callaway was walking outside her Clarke Gardens apartment the night of July 22 with her 3-year-old son Mason when gunshots rang out from a fight nearby. Callaway, who was four-months pregnant, reportedly was killed by a bullet fired during the fight as she tried to rush her son to safety. The work of art, featuring Callaway holding her son, was created by Athens artist Ronnie Hull, one of Callaway’s close friends. Hull creates paintings of loved ones lost to violence across the country and posted on his Facebook page that he was looking for a wall on which to create Callaway’s mural and the owner of Studio 74 offered his building as a canvas. Members of Athens’ black community each year mourn the loss of some of their youths and young adults to gun violence, but Callaway’s death resonated throughout town in a unique manner.