New Mural Honoring John Brent at The Buffalo Zoo Truly A Beautiful Work of Art and a Fitting Tribute to an Amazing Man!

Plenty of dignitaries, pride and lots of sunshine marked the official unveiling of the John Brent mural at the northeast corner of the zoo, near Parkside Avenue and Amherst Street recently. As part of its Public Art Initiative, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery enlisted  artist James Cooper III to create the mural which “celebrates the life and legacy of John Brent, Buffalo’s first African American architect and a notable civic leader.” It was done in collaboration with late local historian Christine Parker. Mr. Brent was  Buffalo’s first African-American architect. Besides gates three and four at the zoo, Brent also designed the national landmark old Entrance Court  which still stands, and where the mural is located. He also  designed the now-demolished Michigan Avenue YMCA and  was also the first president of the  Buffalo-branch  NAACP. Hats off to artist James Cooper for an extraordinary work of art in honor of amazing man! Challenger Photos