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Jill Lions Sculpture

During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October 2003, a series of soapstone sculptures by Jill Lion were displayed in the School of Law's Thurgood Marshall Law Library. Ms. Lion is a Baltimore sculptor with a national reputation. Many of her creations are based on events that evoke strong emotions. This particular sculpture series depicts the 2001 murder of a Baltimore city woman and her 15 year old daughter; the woman worked in Jill Lion's building. The husband and stepfather was subsequently arrested and charged. The six sculptures illustrate the circumstances of the murders in a chronological fashion: "Family Portrait," "After Arguments, He Grabs the Bat," "Fight, part 1," "Fight, part 2," "Double Funeral," and "Three Who Remain." The final piece is a moving portrayal of the two younger children of the couple, ages two and four at the time of the murder.

Videtta Brown, an adjunct professor and alumna of the School of Law presented a lecture on the subject of family violence and her work in the Baltimore City Domestic Violence Unit. Following the lecture, a reception was held during which students and visitors had an opportunity to meet Ms. Lion and discuss her artistic philosophy and creative technique.


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