The Guardians is a photo documentary & storytelling project including photo portraits, large scale banners and digital archives that celebrate unrecognized Black female leaders across Baltimore City neighborhoods. This project provides a platform for women who spend their lives fighting for a better, more equitable Baltimore.


Lead Artists:

Whitney Frazier, WGF Studio, Creative Director & Public Artist

Kirby Griffin, Photographer


Tayler Mugar // Harlem Park West

We must make visible the tireless efforts and amazing accomplishments of Baltimore’s Black female leaders. The Guardians are the backbones of their neighborhoods. They are the eyes and ears keeping people safe. They don’t take no for an answer. They raise our future leaders. They are reshaping history. They deserve to be recognized and celebrated.

Tayler Mugar // Harlem Park West

We began this project by working with women leaders who I have collaborated with over my 18 years as a community artist living and working in Baltimore. Additional participants were recommended by my colleague, Gwen Brown, former organizer with BUILD and current Community Engagement Coordinator at Behavioral Health System Baltimore (BHSB). The Guardians meet some or all of the following; Identify as Black and Female; have a leadership role in under-resourced neighborhoods in Baltimore City; serve as neighborhood association leaders/presidents or non-neighborhood Association activists/leaders/"next generation” leadership; Advocate for resources for their community; Grew up in the surrounding neighborhood; Actively participate in community initiatives; Exude the following traits: Visionary, Unwavering, Determined, Strong, Accomplished.

Cherring Spence // Parklane

Cherring Spence // Parklane

Sharon Snow // Cylburn

Terrye Moore // Park Heights

Joy Ross // Harlem Park West

Sharon Snow // Cylburn

Joy Ross // Harlem Park West

Terrye Moore // Park Heights

Yeshiyah Israel // Pimlico/Park Heights

Yeshiyah Israel // Pimlico/Park Heights

Samirah Franklin // West Baltimore

Samirah Franklin // West Baltimore

Dorothy Cunningham // Irvington

Dorothy Cunningham // Irvington

Pauline Charles // Darley Park

Pauline Charles // Darley Park

Audrey Carter // East Oliver

Audrey Carter // East Oliver

Gwen Brown // Govans

Gwen Brown // Govans

Sheree Briscoe // Mt. Washington

Sheree Briscoe // Mt. Washington

Antoinette Mugar // Harlem Park West

Antoinette Mugar // Harlem Park West

The Guardians:

Antionette Mugar, Harlem Park West

Audrey Carter, East Oliver

Cherring Spence, Park Lane

Dorothy Cunningham, Irvington

Gwen Brown, Govans

Joy Ross, Harlem Park West

Pauline Charles, Darley Park

Samiriah Franklin, West Baltimore

Sharon Snow, Cylburn

Sheree Briscoe, Deputy Commissioner, Mt. Washington

Tayler Mugar, Harlem Park West

Terrye Moore, Park Heights (NW)

Yeshiyah Israel, Pimlico/Park Heights

Supported by the Ruby’s Artist Award via RWD Foundation and in kind donations from The Peale, Dept. of Planning & WGF Studio

wfrazier03@gmail.com
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