ROCK SPRINGS — Admiring the newest downtown Rock Springs mural by artist Rose Klein is just a beginning.
Klein hopes visitors to her artwork titled “Lioness” will come away with a desire to find out more about the people she painted on the wall who have worked to give women and others a voice.
The mural at 725 North Front St. took about three weeks to paint and was completed Thursday. This piece focuses on women’s rights in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Wyoming women’s suffrage and in conjunction with the Proud Wyoming Woman Retreat scheduled Sept. 13-15 in Rock Springs.
It features people who were active in the fight for women’s suffrage and other rights as well as several who are currently “exercising their rights as women to give people a voice,” Klein said.
She encourages mural viewers to go home and find out more about each person featured. Those selected by Klein as champions of rights would also make great choices for school projects, she said.
Crusaders from the past include Susan B. Anthony, Wyoming Gov. Nellie Tayloe Ross, Ida B. Wells Barnett, Lucy Stone, Henry Blackwell, Carrie C. Catt, Thomas Higginson, Esther Hobart Morris, Louisa Swain, Elizabeth C. Stanton, Anna Julia Cooper and John Allen Campbell.
Women on the mural who Klein said are currently making a difference include Rock Springs resident Bernadine Craft, Marilyn Kite, Affie Ellis and Nimi McConigley. The model for the woman holding the sign on the mural is Carloline Shumway, daughter of a local oilfield worker.
The mural includes a sign asking “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty.” The signitself was used in protests during the women’s suffrage movement, and Klein said the message is still valid today.
”We still need to fight for rights,” Klein said, citing the still-present need for equality in the workplace. People should not be able to fire workers just because of their identification as part of the LGBTQ community, she said.
In the summer of 2018, Klein painted the mural at the bottom of the First National Bank building in Rock Springs that honors Chinese people who lived in the area.