Ivory’s mural is painted on a vacant building at 2143 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The improvement was recently done by local artists as a part of Tacoma’s Safe and Clean Community-Based Mural Program. Reverend Ivory Critterdon, the owner of the property, has high hopes for its future. He wants to clean up and level the grass field adjacent to the wall so community members can have a nice place to bring their families, a gathering spot of sorts.
Reverend Ivory and his wife Billie founded Christian Brotherhood Academy, the school across the street from the mural. “I believe in education,” he said. That is why his portrayal on the mural is gifting books to children. Also pictured on the mural is Ivory’s long-time friend, Morris “Mr. Mac” McCollum, owner of Mr. Mac, a classy clothing store on 12th and MLK. Mr. Mac’s likeness on the mural is tossing balls and musical instruments to children.
Reverend Ivory welcomes newcomers to his church, Brotherhood Church of God, also across the street from the mural. “We have lots of white sisters and brothers,” he said, smiling, “but we sing pretty heavy.”