Dr. Romeo B. Garrett
by Kevin Bradford
Dr. Romeo B. Garrett (1910-2000) was a scholar, educator, minister, author and the first Black professor at Bradley University. Raised in the South, he moved to Peoria after serving in World War II and earned his master’s degree and PhD from Bradley University. He taught at Bradley for nearly 30 years, published three books documenting Black history, and served for years as the associate pastor at Zion Baptist Church. Dr. Garrett’s legacy lives on at Bradley University through the Romeo B. Garrett Cultural Center, the Romeo B. Garrett Scholarship, and Bradley’s annual Garrett Week to promote multicultural awareness.
Visit this website created by Bradley University students for more information: https://romeobgarrett.omeka.net/
About the Mural Artist
Kevin J Bradford is a traditional artist and self-taught digital artist. Bradford has experience in pen, color pencils, watercolor, and oil paint. He has been a creator for over 15 years. In 2017, Bradford left his full-time job in 2017 to invest in himself and work part-time to allow himself time to create and complete commissions.
About the Augmented Reality Performing Artist
Ronnie Hudson II is an Award Winning actor and Electrical/Systems Engineer. Born and raised in Wadley, GA, this passionate and dynamic actor began his acting career in 2016 with several Regional Theater Plays, Musicals, and Independent Film projects throughout the Central Illinois and Chicagoland area. Winning the Manitou Film Festival Best Actor Award in 2021 for his role in the dramatic short “The Premiere”, shows Ronnie’s hardworking and coach-able spirit allows for his natural capabilities and raw emotions to shine on both stage and in film.