A stretch of Spruce Street now commemorates late Newark icon Rodney Gilbert
Published August 9, 2018 | Brick City Live
The family of Rodney M. Gilbert at the street renaming ceremony. Image courtesy Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District
The Lincoln Park street that the late Newark-raised artist, educator, arts entrepreneur and local icon Rodney Gilbert called home has been renamed in his honor.
The stretch of Spruce Street that runs from Washington Street to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard was renamed Rodney Gilbert Way on July 27th, the opening day of the 13th annual Lincoln Park Music Festival, where Gilbert was a fixture year after year. The date would have also been his 51st birthday.
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Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District has also announced a crosswalk mural commemorating Gilbert to be painted this fall by Malcolm Rolling, Jay Golding, Yasmeen DeJesus and Elijah Minton of Yendor Productions, the arts organization Gilbert founded in 2003. Among Yendor’s many visual and performing arts education initiatives, the organization coordinated the creation of more than twenty large-scale murals throughout Newark, earning Gilbert the nickname “Mural King.” According to information provided by LPCCD, the mural will bear influences from West Africa and Newark’s African-American communities. The murals are slated to be finished in late summer and officially dedicated on October 6th, the weekend of the Newark Arts Festival.