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Edison Career and Technology High School Celebrates Unveiling of Mosaic Mural Honoring “The Black Rosies”

(May 23, 2024) Female students from Edison Career and Technology High School’s construction pathway have proudly unveiled a new mosaic mural they created honoring the contributions of African American female workers during World War II.

“The Black Rosies,” a collaborative effort between Edison students, UNICON, and the Bricklayers Union of Rochester, was revealed at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held in the newly designed “Women’s Memorial Hall” at the school. 

This mural pays homage to the resilience and determination of the Black Rosies.  These women played a crucial role in the war effort, yet their achievements were overshadowed by the more widely recognized image of Rosie the Riveter. 

“This mural is more than just a work of art; it is a testament to the strength, resilience, and untold stories of the Black Rosies,” said Dan Collins, Machine Shop teacher and Worked-Based Learning Coordinator at Edison.  “We are proud of our students’ dedication and creativity in bringing this important narrative to life.”

This is the first year of a ten-year collaboration with UNICON and the Bricklayers Union.  Each year, students will create a new mosaic dedicated to a famous, influential, and important woman, which will be hung in the school’s Women’s Memorial Hall.