The SFPL Staff would like to acknowledge the November 22nd passing of Mr. Charley Brown, artist, husband and business partner of Mark Evans. While Evans & Brown are known internationally for their acclaimed murals and wall designs, they are beloved in our SFPL family for painting the mural on the ceiling of the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center at the Main Library entitled “Into the Light,” According to Mark, “the mural literally depicts the emergence from a heritage of darkness and ignorance into the light of freedom and knowledge. Books tumble from the heavens. The names of gay and lesbian writers, artists and philosophers through the ages are inscribed around the periphery…The wall is depicted as still under construction, an obvious allegory of the unending building our community has to do.”
Charley and Mark painted the mural as a tribute to the campaign to rebuild the Main Library, and more importantly, to the first-ever dedicated collection to LGBTQIA history in a public building in the United States.
We also remember San Francisco’s own former Supervisor Harvey Milk who was slain, along with Mayor George Moscone, forty years ago today. The tragedy of that day marked a generation and altered San Francisco’s political landscape. Milk’s contributions to the cause of gay rights made him a hero within the 1970s LGBTQIA community, and his heartfelt speeches continue to inspire and resonate people around the globe. The mural detail included here includes the portion of the wall with Harvey Milk’s name. The activism and work of our LGBTQIA fore-bearers provides the solid building blocks so beautifully illustrated by Evans and Brown.
Thank you, Charley, we will miss you. Also, thank you, Harvey, ever in our hearts.
Here’s the history of the mural on the Hormel Center website: https://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=2000045301
Tonight, the Castro Theatre is presenting a free screening of "The Times of Harvey Milk" at 5 pm and of "Milk" at 7 pm.