United Communities to Advance our Neighborhoods, (UCAN) Inc.

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Donate to the

Community Murals

in Ashland, KY

(Former Design)     

 by Tri-State Artist,

J E R R Y   J O H N S O N

“I like to preserve the history. I want our kids to grow up and

see this is where we come from.”  

The Murals are to be painted on the flood walls at Ashland's Riverfront, costing approximately $22,000 but will be divided into two different projects

BTWS Mural Project 

The first mural will be of the Booker T. Washington School (BTWS) and faculty of 1946;


(Updated Design above)



Above Photo: Booker T. Washington  (April 5, 1856-November 14, 1915)

The Booker T. Washington School (BTWS) (1874-1962 ) was the segregated African-American ("Colored") school that existed in Ashland before mandated integration. The mural will feature full-time curriculum faculty in 1946, the principal, C. B. Nuckolls and the school building built in 1903 on Central Ave. The school initially served 1st-8th grades, then progressed to a 2-year high school and eventually a 4-year high school.


BTWS Mural Chairpersons:

 Dan Mahan, History Associate Professor, Ashland Community Technical College (ACTC)

Brenda Martin, Pres. United Communities to Advance our Neighborhoods, Inc (UCAN) 

Al Baker, Cultural Diversity Director, Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) 

We are especially grateful for DAN MAHAN and his vast leadership and passion on this endeavor!  We wish him the utmost happiness in his retirement from ACTC!

Other committee members include: Mayor Chuck Charles-, Mayor-Elect Steve Gilmore, Educators: Bernice Henry & Eliza Lee, We have also partnered with Ashland in Motion.


 If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact one of the chairpersons. Also your input on the updated mural design is welcome until design agreed upon 9/19/16.  If you have or know someone who might have more details, photos, names, dates, artifacts, etc related to the BTW School, please contact Brenda and we will try to incorporate what we can in by products of this celebration!


1     10      20      30      40      50      60      70      80      90      100% of $BTWS Mural goal

 50% of BTWS Mural raised as of May 13, 2017!

READ Daily Independent Article May 17, 2017

ASHLAND Don Campbell says the first time he learned of the Booker T. Washington School mural came from a recent newspaper article.

READ Daily Independent Article May 12, 2017


Thanks to Peoples' Bank for $2,000 Donation!!!


Dan Muhan-ACTC, Alyssa Coleman-Peoples' Bank, Al Baker-ACTC, Bren Martin, UCAN, Jerry Johnson-Muralist


Please write your tax-deductible check

or money order for BTWS Mural to:

          Ashland In Motion/BTWS Mural
1509 Winchester Avenue
Ashland, KY 41101

Thanks to Ashland In Motion, a 501(c)(3),

for managing the donations for the BTWS Mural! They will also send you a receipt.

Please indicate if your donations are anonymous,

otherwise they might be advertised in the news, on social media, websites, etc. 

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 Note: In the event more money is raised for a mural, than needed, the extra will go toward the other mural(s) if unfinished or to the general fund for UCAN scholarships, workshops, etc. 



Another mural will be of "historical" cultural churches in the Ashland area that are over 100 years old*:

  • New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, (upper right)
  • Johnson Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, (upper left)
  • Christ Temple Pentecostal Apostolic Church, (lower right)
  • St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church (lower left) and
  • St. John Methodist Episcopal Church in Greenup (center)  

Along with a tribute portrait to Bishop Thomas. A third wall will contain a tribute to diversity by students; smaller ads for larger donations.. See below* for details.

We still Need FUND$$!  Thanks to the City of Ashland for preparing the walls

UCAN, Inc. purchased the needed projector which was several hundred dollars!


The CHURCH MURAL will be Dedicated to the 


who pastored CHRIST TEMPLE Church over 51 years. 

"My husband would be honored about having the church mural dedicated to him." Margaret Thomas

(Click here for more about the contributions of this great family & community man!)

                                                             Suffragan Bishop Elzy H. Thomas

Bishop Thomas hosted some of our fundraisers there attended BTW School for 12 years which was close to his heart. “Young children hear their parents and grandparents tell stories about the school but often don’t know what it looked like. The mural will help to change that.”   Suffragan Bishop Elzy Thomas, Christ Temple Church (January 2, 1932-July 6, 2013)

 Please write your check

or money order for Church Mural to:

"UCAN Church Mural"

P. O. Box 104

Russell, Kentucky  41169-0104

 (Please also write: "Receipt" if you want one mailed, otherwise only donations for $250 or more will receive a receipt and other appropriate forms.)


1     10      20      30      40      50      60      70      80      90      100% of $Church Mural goal


*Note, we have extra offerings for Silver,  Gold & Diamond Donors for the "Church Mural" only:
     Silver: $500-999 | Have your name or business's name painted on the wall

     Gold : $1000 & over |Have your name or business's name plus a picture of an item/person on this historical wall!  We approve the painting/photo to be used based upon such factors as content and space.

Diamond: $1500  Have your cultural church added to separate small mural even though it is under 100 years old, as space permits. 

*We still have approximately 90% to raise, however, if we should raise more than our goal from this effort, the surplus will be applied to scholarships, workshops and/or other UCAN activities. $$$ Other Fund raising or project Ideas are Welcome! $$$

 "This project epitomizes what it means to be a part of a progressive area that cares about all of its citizens, heritage and artistic expression." Brenda Martin

Thank you for your interest and support!

Note: In the event more money is raised for a mural, than needed, the extra will go toward the other mural(s) if unfinished or to the general fund for UCAN scholarships, workshops, etc.


News Article: "Work On New Flood Wall Murals to Start"


End of Mural Information



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Highlands Museum


  "All are Called to Serve!"

Community Kitchen

Needs servers Monday-Friday 11:30-12:30

New Location 2516 Carter Avenue
Ashland, KY 41101-7553
(606) 325-8144

(Call for dinner hours also.)

Click here to Sign-up online to Volunteer.


Helping Hands of Greenup County

Read story from Daily Independent

What: Community Volunteer Work Available at
Where: Helping Hands Office, Food Pantry, and Thrift Store
               412 Main Street, Downtown Greenup
How:  Community members will be cleaning and organizing Helping Hands to make it more efficient and functional.

If you need more information about Helping Hands or any of our volunteer opportunities please call 606.473.6916, email info@helpinghandsofgreenup.com, or stop by the office 412 Main Street, Downtown Greenup. Find them on facebook, http://www.facebook.com/helpinghandsofgreenup


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