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East St. Louis Legacies

East St. Louis Legacies


Cbabi Bayoc
East St. Louis Legacies

30 x 40 inches

Acrylic on Canvas


Madame Katherine Dunham who is responsible for bringing the tradition of West African dance and drumming to the Midwest. Madame Dunham came to East St. Louis from New York during the 1960s. She fell in love with the city and the people and decided to move there.
The Sunshine Cultural Arts Center named after Sunshine, a student of Madame Dunham, who is currently teaching the 4th generation of teaching West African culture and dance. his group has been together since 1978 and since that time this pioneer has never charged anyone for not one lesson. The I AM ESTL is a nod to an East Louis Magazine which is also a free publication started and funded by Charmaine and Lorenzo Savage that highlights the political, educational, business, arts, and humanitarians of East St. Louis. The flames with 1917 acknowledges the lives of those lost in the East St. Louis Pogrom. the dancer is dancing on the flame as a way of redefining the narrative

The top right and right side of the artwork shows the East Bridge that people acted during the 1917 Pogrom used to flee West (hence the direction of the arrows). their fleeing starting several Black communities in the neighboring state of Missouri.


About Cbabi Bayoc 

(b. 1996, St. Louis, MO)
Bringing paper home to her son, Clifford Miskell, Jr., for artwork after a long day of work started as a way to evade boredom and to occupy idle hands. Neither he nor his mother could have imagined that art would take center stage. Following his graduation from Grambling State University, where he changed his name to cbabi bayoc, he became a caricature artist at Six Flags. Determination to spend only a single season of enduring harsh temperatures and even harsher critics there, cbabi (pronounced Kuh-bob-bi) began studying various artists to define his style and improve his skill.

This same determination led to what has become a career spanning 3 decades. Today, cbabi bayoc is an internationally renowned St. Louis, MO based visual artist, muralist, and New York Times Best Selling illustrator for Good Night Racism. The evolution from Clifford to cbabi was fortuitous because he would spend his career working to live up to his name, an acronym, Crea$ve Black Ar$st Ba,ling Ignorance; Blessed African Youth of Crea$vity.

 Acrylic paint, a flat brush, and an iPad have become not only his voice but his weapons of choice in battling the ignorance of prejudice and racism by showing the dopeness of Black people. His 365 Days with Dad project challenged the perception of Black fatherhood showcasing the importance of Black fathers in families and the world. More than a decade since 365, this self- proclaimed purveyor of dopeness, has artwork (including stained glass) in schools, hospitals, non-profit organizations, churches, and businesses around the world. In addition, he has had the honor of contributing to the work of Prince, Dr. Nikole Hannah Jones (the 1619 Project), Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Chris Lighty and notable companies including Hydro Flask, Coca Cola, The Smithsonian Institute, New Line Cinema, and World Wide Technology. When cbabi isn’t creating, you can find him watching documentaries, daydreaming about perfecting his pickleball game, and plotting his next antics to keep his wife laughing.


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