The Fayetteville event celebrates the completion of the mural along Nelson Hackett Boulevard

FAYETTEVILLE – The city will hold a celebration next week to commemorate the completion of a new mural on Nelson Hackett Boulevard.

The event will take place on June 17 at 11:30 a.m. at the Yvonne Richardson Community Center garden, located at 174 S. Washington Ave., according to a news release from the city.

The celebration will feature remarks from Mayor Lioneld Jordan and a conversation with artist Joelle Storet, giving attendees insight into the creative process behind the 100-foot-long mural titled “Remembrance,” according to the release. Visitors are then invited to walk over to Nelson Hackett to view the newly installed artwork up close.

Storet was selected to create the mural by the Fayetteville Arts Council, working with members of the Historic District Commission and Black Historic Preservation Commission. The March project request for proposals called for a “single site-specific mural reflecting themes of movement, equity and connectivity.”

Her mural features an image of Nelson Hackett, who escaped slavery in Fayetteville in 1841 and was later extradited from Canada. He was the first and last enslaved person extradited from Canada to the United States. His trip sparked an international debate on extradition policy.

Hackett is commemorated with a historical marker in Fayetteville’s historic downtown square. The plaque tells Hackett’s story, including how he traveled nearly 1,000 miles during his escape and how “abolitionists across the Atlantic world fought to prevent Hackett’s extradition from setting a precedent.”

This mural project is part of an ongoing effort to cover the 500-foot-long concrete roadside retaining wall with murals before Fayetteville’s bicentennial in 2028.