While death brings a lot of pain & emotions, sometimes positives will rise from the ashes & give a ray of light that will beam on forever. This is definitely the case when it comes to Marvin Franklin. Marvin Franklin was one of two track workers who lost their life in a span of 5 days this past April in two separate incidents after being hit by a subway train.
Marvin Franklin was a dedicated track worker whose life long dream was to retire & open an art gallery that would raise money for the homeless. Unfortunately he died before his dream could come true. However in a fitting tribute to a well loved man, his work will be shown in two exhibitions starting this Friday. The exhibitions will serve as a tribute to him while posthumously raising money for those in need.
The first exhibition of Marvin’s work will be on display at the art space known as Gallery 1199. Gallery 1199 is located inside the midtown headquarters of Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union. The exhibition runs from this Friday until December 7th.
The second exhibition of Marvin’s work will be on display at the New York Transit Museum. The second exhibition will be co-sponsored by the Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union & New York Transit Museum. The second exhibition will run from December 18th until March 30th, 2008. All proceeds & donations will support the New York Transit Museum’s “Orphans & Widows” fund.
I urge everyone to attend any of the exhibitions or make a donation if not both. I will do my best to do both before all is said & done. RIP Marvin Franklin…..
xoxo Transit Blogger