The William J. & Laura M. Day and Memorial Fund, The Day Family, The Philadelphia Foundation & Dr. Peter B. Ulrich, Artist donated an original art piece entitled “Out of the Mountain of Despair a Stone of Hope” to Ralph Mark Gilbert, “Georgia’s Official Civil Rights Museum” on Friday, February 24, 2012 at the museum on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Savannah.
After the King Memorial was completed in Washington, D.C., award winning Artist Peter Ulrich was commissioned by the family of William J. & Laura M. Day to create an original art piece expressly for the Savannah civil rights Museum as a memorial to their parents and MLK, Jr.
William J. Day was one of the first black police officers hired during the 1940’s by then Savannah Mayor John Kennedy. Several members of the Day family returned home to Savannah to honor their parents William & Laura Day with this original art.
Dr. Billy Jamerson, Savannah Dentist and Chairman of the Museums Board of Directors said, “The museum is pleased to receive this original art from the family of one of Savannah’s first black police officers. The Day family has been a consistent supporter of the museum and their generosity is most gratefully appreciated. We wish we had hundred more just like them!”
Peter Ulrich is close to the Day family of Savannah, GAand his work is published in the book: The Tenth Man: Living Black in Blue, by Charles E. Day, Sr., which highlights the civil rights struggles of families like the Days, during Dr. King’s era. The book’s paintings include Chippewa Square and the Savannah Waterfront/Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge by Dr. Ulrich. These drawings helped the book’s author reflect on the charm and beauty of Savannah, left intact during and after troubling time. Dr. Ulrich regularly teaches workshops and gives demonstrations as well as serving as entry and awards judge at art shows in the mid-Atlantic region. He has conducted watercolor workshops in the Cotswolds region in England and in southern France. A signature member of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists and the Baltimore Watercolor Society, Peter Ulrich has served on the Board of Directors of The Art League and is the immediate past- President of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists.