New Haven Mural Celebrates Alum Dr. Edward Bouchet, Hopkins Class of 1870
A new mural has been completed in New Haven to pay tribute to Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet, an American physicist, educator, and the first African American to earn a Ph.D in the country. The mural is located on the corner of Henry Street and Dixwell Avenue, on the side of a vacant salon owned by the Community Baptist Church. Dr. Bouchet, who graduated from Hopkins in 1870, and later Yale University, went on to educate and inspire others as a science teacher at a school for black students.
Born in New Haven, Dr. Bouchet's family was active with their local church and the local abolitionist movement, and were strong advocates for children in the community to be educated.
The mural was created by local visual artist and muralist Kwadwo Adae and was completed on September 15—Dr. Bouchet's birthday. This work of public art was made possible by a Neighborhood Cultural Vitality Grant from New Haven Cultural, as well as donations from Dr Bouchet’s alma maters Yale University and Hopkins School.