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Mural Dedicated to Human Rights Unveiled in Sulphur Springs

05-02-2019 05:23 PM CET | Associations & Organizations

Press release from: United for Human Rights Florida

Ms. Patricia Newton and Mr. Cristian Vargas

Ms. Patricia Newton and Mr. Cristian Vargas

Tampa, FL May, 1, 2019 – The unveiling of new art took place on Monday, April 29th, at a Mural Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Rowlett Park Racquetball Courts in Sulphur Springs. The mural celebrates human rights.

Staff from the City of Tampa Human Rights Office, Art Programs Division and Parks and Recreation attended. Parker Hamons, a Board Member of the Tampa Office of Human Rights Board, was the master of ceremonies. He thanked the City of Tampa, Michael Parker (resident of Sulphur Springs and artist behind the mural) and Youth for Human Rights Florida for working together to create the mural.

Titled “In and Out” the abstract mural has two sides; the east facing mural provides a welcoming and embracing gesture while the west one includes aerial views of Sulphur Springs.

The idea behind the mural came from the late President of United for Human Rights, Gracia Bennish. She proposed the mural, representing human rights and fair housing to Patricia Newton, the Human Rights Investigation Supervisor for the City of Tampa, Ms. Newton loved the idea, and the organizations worked together to make the idea a reality.

The Executive Director of United for Human Rights, Cristian Vargas, was a speaker at the event and explained how Gracia and Patricia envisioned the mural to promote and safeguard human rights for all residents of Tampa. “This mural represents more than just art. It’s the life energy culture of this community,” said Mr. Vargas.

United for Human Rights (UHR) and Youth for Human Rights (YHR) are international sister not-for-profit organizations dedicated to implementing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at local, regional, national and international levels. The Church of Scientology sponsors the program making it possible for human rights educational materials at no cost to educators, law enforcements and the community. Humanitarian and founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard said, “Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream.”

To receive more information please visit our information center at 29 N. Fort Harrison Ave, open 10AM to 10PM every day, or contact us at 727-467-6960 or email

Cristian Vargas
United for Human Rights of Florida
29 N. Fort Harrison Ave.
Clearwater, FL 33755

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