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Murals create change in Troost community

Posted: 12:59 PM, May 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-30 17:59:18Z

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Wednesday, Reconciliation Services and Troost Market Collective took down two murals that could formerly be seen along 31st and Troost.

The murals will be placed inside Thelma’s Kitchen, a "donate what you can" café through Reconciliation Services on the corner of 31st and Troost. 

It's the first of its kind in Kansas City.

“In Thelma's Kitchen, you'll have people from both sides of Troost, east and west, rich and poor, able to come together in one place, to be able to serve together as equals as well as be able to eat together, to break bread together and begin to build strong relationships,” Executive Director for Reconciliation Services Justin Matthews said.

One of the murals is of Thelma herself, who was a co-founder of Reconciliation Services.

The murals, which are a part of the Community Mural Project, will soon be replaced with new murals.

Troost Market Collective Co-founder Katie Mabry Vandieren said it’s what’s behind the murals that will bring even more people to the area.

“These buildings have been empty for almost three years, and so we'll have collective maker spaces in some of them, and so the murals are just there while the buildings are being renovated,” she said.

Thelma’s Kitchen is expected to open on July 18.

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