An outdoor art exhibit in Anderson, S.C., the hometown of Chadwick Boseman, is honoring the “Black Panther” actor after he died earlier this year from colon cancer at age 43.
The exhibit, which opened Thursday in the city of approximately 28,000 people, features art from nearly 20 South Carolina artists who depict Boseman as a teenager, in his superhero role and more, The Associated Press reported.
Exhibit organizer Herman Keith Jr. told the AP that he sees Boseman’s life as a message to children living in small towns across the country.
“The impact that he had on the world coming from the same place that we come from, under some of the same situations and conditions that we come from, and to see that he was able to affect the world the way that he did, it was very encouraging,” Keith said.
Boseman also portrayed baseball legend Jackie Robinson, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and music legend James Brown. He died in August after a years-long battle with colon cancer.
"The feeling behind it, words can’t even explain, even the way we bring it all together in different styles, it was just something everyone had to see,” local artist Joey Withinarts told the AP. He said he began painting an image of Boseman just hours after the news of his death was reported.
A statement posted to the actor’s Twitter account following his death said “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.”
"It was the honor of his career to bring King T'Challa to life in Black Panther,” the statement added.