Councilwoman Donna Purvis, Russ Smith Foundation, and Louisville Attorney Nick Wilson to honor Breonna Taylor

August 18, 2020

Louisville, KY – Lannan Memorial Park will honor the life of Breonna Taylor with a very special mural in an area designed to bring people together. The park joins other parks across the United States that have honored the young Louisville woman in the spirit of healing and unity.

Councilwoman Donna Purvis (D-5) is partnering with the Russ Smith Foundation, Louisville attorney Nick Wilson, and Metro Parks to renovate the park’s basketball court. The project includes expanding the court to regulation size and will incorporate a mural of Miss Taylor when completed.

“Our community is facing troublesome times, anytime we can bring unity and some level of closure I want to be involved. This basketball court renovation in Lannan Park will be the beginning of hope and change as our city attempts to move forward,” says Councilwoman Purvis.

Realizing parks are a connection point for children and families, the partnership believes that Lannan Memorial Park will bring a spirit of understanding and community following the tragic loss of Miss Taylor. The idea came about following several meetings with Metro Parks to explore options.

“Basketball has opened many doors for me, and I’m fortunate to give back to the community through the game I love. My hope is through myself and the massive help of others this project will spread awareness & bring positivity to our community, city, and state,” says Russ Smith, former U of L Basketball All American.

The Russ Smith Foundation is involved in many programs for young people over the years. It encourages young people to excel in all areas of life and has provided help and funding to youth programs since its creation.

“Breonna Taylor’s life was short-lived but will have an everlasting impact upon our world, where we must find the will to strive toward justice and peace.  Her love and legacy of being a healer inspire us all to embrace the infinite hope of a better tomorrow. Live on Breonna in the hearts and minds of all who come this way may they too adopt the desire to create a more loving and caring world.” Vincent James, Chief of Community Building Louisville Metro Government.

“It is important that we continue to highlight the injustices within our system and bridge the gap that allows our communities to be neglected,” said Kenneth Walker Sr., father of Ms. Taylors boyfriend. 

“Unity is paramount, and it is important as a community we ensure Breonna Taylor’s name is always remembered,” says Nick Wilson.

Councilwoman Purvis appreciates the efforts of Russ, Nick and Kenny and the contributions from many Louisville Metro Council Members. She encourages the community to support the project and rally together in the memory on Breonna.

Lannan Memorial Park is in the Portland area near the McAlpin Locks on the Ohio River.

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