Local artist donates sculpture for auction to aid Wells’Built Museum


Orlando artist Joaquin Restrepo quotes Martin Luther King Jr. when explaining why he wanted to donate a sculpture to the Wells’Built Museum in Orlando. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that,” the Colombia native wrote in an email. “Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

The African-American history museum in the Parramore neighborhood will be auctioning off Restrepo’s mixed-media sculpture “Yemoja” on Thursday, April 5 (5:30 p.m., 511 W. South St., Orlando, free, wellsbuiltmuseum.com). Proceeds will be used to digitally archive records held by the museum, which primarily houses memorabilia from the Civil Rights Era in what used to be the Wells’Built Hotel.

The sculpture, which will be on display at the museum until…

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