Located on the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Hilliard Street in Old Fourth Ward, Caroline Caldwell created what she said to be a house inspired by the house that Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up in. Being in such close proximity to his birth home itself helps preserve the history of the location, paying homage to the prominent civil rights leader. Despite the criticism that Caldwell received because she was white, she still expressed her advocacy of civil rights by painting a “neutered” version of the house, flipping it upside-down to show a different perspective.
Caldwell told Creative Loafing, “At the end of the day, acknowledge the history but there needs to strike a balance between recognizing history and making sure that the image empowers the audience, or compels the audience, or provokes the audience to question something. If you can do that by acknowledging history, do that. If you can do that by doing some interesting work of art, do that.”