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3 queer women bring Black Panther Party museum and mural to life in Oakland

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A year after 2020's racial reckoning, three queer women responded by bringing healing and pride that is radiating from a West Oakland house.

It started with the mural commemorating the women of the Black Panther Party and grew into the Mini Black Panther Museum. The mural was unveiled February 14.

The museum opened June 19 (Juneteenth). "People [have] been coming from across the country to see the mural," said Jilchristina "Jil" Vest, a 54-year-old Black queer activist who owns the home where the museum is located. "The mural is for everyone, and the museum is for everyone." The 30 foot mural of the Black women participating in the Panthers' community programs is painted by Oakland muralist Rachel Wolfe-Goldsmith on the street-facing side

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