WYNDHAM ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR ‘GREENSBORO SIX’ MURAL

WYNDHAM REWARDS RECENTLY announced the three finalists for the mural project at Gillespie Golf Course in Greensboro, North Carolina. The selected artists
are Vincent Ballentine from Brooklyn, New York; Raman Bhardwaj from Greensboro, North Carolina; and Abel Jackson from Charlotte, North Carolina.

A committee of key community figures and organizations chose these finalists from over 50 nationwide applicants, Wyndham said in a statement.

The project aims to honor the Greensboro Six, a group of Black men who, in 1955, played golf at the whites-only Gillespie course, the statement said. Their act
of defiance against segregation occurred just a week after Rosa Parks’ arrest for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus. The Greensboro Six were
arrested, convicted of trespassing, and spent 15 days in jail. Their actions and subsequent court cases eventually led to the desegregation of Gillespie Golf
Course. In 1961, the Greater Greensboro Open (now the Wyndham Championship) became the first PGA Tour event in the South to welcome a Black player, Charlie Sifford.