In the 1970s, artist Sally Ann Parton began painting a series of colorful murals around the neighborhood of her home in Houston, Texas.
One mural depicts a young man with a bulldog on his shoulder and a dog on his back, while the other depicts a woman in a blue dress, holding a baby and riding a motorcycle.
“It’s like a lot of the things that we do, we’re a little bit of a little town,” Parton said.
Parton’s mural is still hanging, in her house and on her street, where it’s surrounded by other murals of different women and people of color.
Parton says the murals, which are painted in a variety of colors, are meant to symbolize “our diversity.”
“We have a lot more people of all different races and all different religions, and we also have a certain age and a certain gender that are all just part of our story,” Partson said.
“So we just wanted to paint it up and have it look like we’re all on the same side of the rainbow.”
Partons mural is now part of a larger mural of women and children.
In addition to her work on the wall, Parton has painted murals all over Houston and the country, with a new mural planned for the future.
But it’s not just about parton.
“We’re also a women’s center,” Partons son, Scott Parton, said.
It’s an idea that resonates with Parton.
Partons mural has been in the family for 25 years, she said.
“I think that if you’re a woman and you see that there’s an art form that has been successful for women and for women in particular, that you feel that it’s something that is something that you can be proud of, that it represents something important,” Partton said.
It all started in 2007, when Scott Partons sister, Donna Parton (not her real name), saw a mural that had a man holding a dog.
She asked him, “What’s this thing?” and the artist, Sally Ann, replied, “It’s a mural.”
The mural became known as the Rainbow mural, and it quickly became a symbol for Parton and for the LGBTQ community.
In 2009, Partons husband, George, had a vision to build a mural around his own home.
The project was funded by an anonymous donor who donated the money to a local art museum.
But when Parton found out the museum would not show the mural to the public, she decided to create it herself.
Parton was able to complete the mural in less than six months, and she has been able to use it as a teaching tool to help others see the importance of LGBTQ rights.
“[The mural] is a symbol that is very powerful for women, for people of colour, for all of us,” Partont said.
Partons mother, Mary, said she’s proud to have contributed to the mural.
“It has helped us get through this difficult time of transition in our lives,” she said, adding that the mural is “a reminder that the world is open and diverse, that we are not alone.”
In addition to the rainbow mural, Partont has also created several other muruses of her own.
She has painted over a mural of her husband, a portrait of her daughter, and a portrait that depicts a man with two dogs.
“We are a little different than our mothers and fathers and we have our own identity, and that’s how we celebrate our gender identity, our race, our religion, and our culture,” Partono said.
This article has been updated to reflect the original story.