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Garfield High graduate Gabrielle Abbott is completing an almost 300-foot-long mural on the history of Seattle’s Central District on the walls of the school she attended. This section commemorates when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited the school in 1961, brought by the Rev. Dr. Samuel B. McKinney. Abbott is studying for her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of the Arts in London. She estimates she’s spent about 2,400 hours on the project and says it’s “a labor of love.” Abbott says she was not the greatest student while at Garfield and that some tried to dissuade her from a career in the arts. Her project, scheduled for completion next month, speaks to her success.

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Abbott works mainly in acrylics. This is her work station on wheels.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Jimi Hendrix and Ernestine Anderson both attended Garfield High. Hendrix, regarded by many as the greatest rock guitarist of all time, attended the school 1960-61. He died in 1970. Anderson is known for her jazz and blues vocals and often appeared with fellow Garfield grad Quincy Jones in Jackson Street clubs.

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