East Lawrence is known for its vibrant art scene and a hip culture rooted in magnificent energy and eccentricity. There are many wonderful things to love about this unique part of town. Here are just a few of the hidden gems that appear in corners you might not know about.
9th Street Mural
Telling the history of Lawrence through vibrant depictions.
The Magical Alley Snake
From whence it came, no one knows.
9th Street News
Housing food items for those in need.
St. Luke AME Church
From the GoFundMe Fundraiser seeking money to reconstruct the historic church’s stained glass windows: “St. Luke AME Church is not just a church. For the town of Lawrence and the East Ninth Street neighborhood, it is a pillar of community resilience and enduring relationships. St. Luke is a critical reminder of the historic struggle for the African-American community in our Midwestern oasis as well as a torchbearer of intersectional community progress.” Learn more HERE.
East Lawrence Waltz at Hobbs Park
This mural at Municipal Stadium in Hobbs Park was completed in 2006 and is dedicated to the “history and continued spirit of the East Lawrence Neighborhood and its people.” The lead artist was Dave Loewenstein. The poem “Youth” by Lawrence native Langston Hughes is a focal point. Hobbs Park is used for multiple sports, including Kaw Valley Kickball’s Game of the Week on Sundays in the summertime.
This is just a start. Exploring East Lawrence is an adventure worth having!