It began when someone casually suggested the idea of renaming Fruitvale BART station after Oscar Grant. As a community artist and activist, I began to ask myself what our mental Bay Area landscape would be like if the places we use and pass through every day were named for true community figures and heroes.
What if we acknowledged the layers of history and people in a place? What would we no longer be able to make invisible?
This re-imagining of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system is the result of a crowdsourced process. After putting a draft of the map up on Facebook, numerous people commented and made suggestions for station names. The result is this map.
All BART stops are renamed for community heroes–32 significant figures from the Bay Area and beyond. I for one would like to land at Angela Davis International Airport and hop the train to 19th Street/Bruce Lee station.
The poster version includes portraits of each person named, all leaders in immigrant rights, racial justice, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, disability rights, labor rights, indigenous struggles, and more.
This great educational tool is available for purchase via RedBubble, along with other illustrations of mine.
Decolonized Area Rapid Transit
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