Lucy Simms

Cover by Andre Shank
Issue 30 • August 2015 • Harrisonburg
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The City of Harrisonburg recently commissioned Andre Shank (also known as BMBPRF) to paint a mural honoring their historic resident Lucy F. Simms. Born a slave, Simms graduated from the Hampton Institute in 1877 and managed a 57-year teaching career, only missing one half day due to illness. Shank is based in Richmond and has painted murals throughout Virginia, Pennsylvania, the Carolinas, and Nicaragua. See more of his work at

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