WKU students commemorate Jonesville with artwork

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Local students found a way to commemorate a one-time African American community in Bowling Green.

Western Kentucky University students in the school’s honors college were assigned to a community service project.

Those students drew a chalk outline of the name Jonesville on the WKU campus Tuesday. Also included, were names like Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

Jonesville was founded in 1881 by a group of free slaves. It grew into a neighborhood of around 4,500 black property owners.

The area disappeared when WKU expanded in the 1950’s.

After hearing about Jonesville, one student knew immediately she wanted to use the project to honor the neighborhood.

The mural’s outline was done by local artist Andee Rudloff with the intention of locals coming out to fill in the letters.