Bernadette

The second mural by the Bogside Artists (after The Petrol Bomber) also depicts the battle of the bogside and features Bernadette Devlin (later McAliskey). Devlin was elected to the British parliament in 1969 at age 21 and was imprisoned in December for her role in the August uprising. The mural shows Devlin with a megaphone in front of protesters and Free Derry Corner. It replaces another ‘Battle of the Bogside’ mural.

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Emancipation Of Women

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The slogan “For the revolution to triumph in its totality there must be emancipation of women” is attributed here to a “James MacNeill (or MacNell) but it is also found in connection with the women’s league of the Zimbabwe African National Union – see the second image among these anti-imperialism placards.

The mural shows a female soldier whose open palms support outstretched arms holding a paintbrush, a hammer, and a book. (For the same idea in Derry, see The Destructive Talents Of The RUC) Ballycolman estrate, Strabane.

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Women In Armed Struggle

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“Solidarity between women in armed struggle” across the world: female members of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Cumann na mBan, and the Southwest African People’s Organisation (from Namibia) drawn within the symbol for woman (also the planet Venus in astrology). The mural (or perhaps the wall) was “Improved by Sinn Féin Youth” and on the side-wall: “Cowardly loyalists backout”. Falls Road, Belfast

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Copyright © 1985 Peter Moloney