Main Street supports human rights garden

By Nikki Blankenship - [email protected]

Main Street Portsmouth recently stepped up to help support Portsmouth High School’s Human Rights Garden with a $500 donation made possible through the Paul E. Johnson Memorial Fund.

The Human Rights Garden is an outdoor sculpture and plant garden organized by Art Teacher April Deacon.

The project, which broke ground last September, is located on the Applegate Green where it stands for a very important purpose. The permanent structure is inspired by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The document came about in 1948 after World War II and was a major milestone for human rights, setting universally protected human rights for the very first time.

PHS students have been studying human rights and making artistic representation of themes throughout the garden, which is also funded by the Ohio Arts Council.

“The Ohio Arts Council and Portsmouth City School District will be hosting a dedication ceremony for the Human Rights Garden on Thursday, May 18, 1:30 PM in the Portsmouth Trojan Coliseum followed by a reception for the artists in the high school cafeteria. All are invited to celebrate the hard work of Trojan students,” Councilman Kevin W. Johnson stated.

The Paul E. Johnson Memorial Fund has contributed to many such projects throughout the community with a dedication to improving downtown esthetics.

“The Paul E. Johnson Memorial Fund was established in 2009 for the purpose of beautifying downtown Portsmouth,” Johnson explained. “Founded in honor of Paul Johnson, local businessman and exponent of the impact of beautification upon economic development, the fund has raised some $70,000 which, under the management of Main Street Portsmouth, has been totally dedicated to projects which beautify the downtown Portsmouth area; from trees, and flowers, parks and much more. This is the second April Deacon project which the fund has proudly support.”

By Nikki Blankenship

[email protected]

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.