Launching a new online home for SERVICE

Panel of the SERVICE mural depicts several Black North Carolinians sitting at a lunch counter. Text reads "The Story of Service."

This month, the UNC School of Government is pleased to unveil a new digital presence for one of its most notable works of art. Visitors to can now explore SERVICE, a work created by artist Colin Quashie, no matter where they are located.

Commissioned in 2008 and dedicated in 2010, SERVICE is a single 50-foot-long painting housed at the Knapp-Sanders Building, home of the School of Government. It is centered on eight “scenes” and 40 African American educators, activists, and politicians. SERVICE commemorates their legacy and impact on the state of North Carolina, its history, and its culture. Quashie centered the piece around the Greensboro Four—a group of four North Carolina A&T students who catalyzed a nationwide sit-in movement in 1960.

The mural was generously sponsored by Local Government Federal Credit Union. Learn more about the conceptualization and creation of SERVICE at

In addition to providing background information on how SERVICE was created, the site allows visitors to explore the mural panel by panel and learn more about individuals depicted. External links share a starting point to learn more about notable figures and events through biographical information, oral histories, and videos. The site also houses lesson plans and educational resources provided through Carolina K-12, a program of Carolina Public Humanities.

Visit to explore the art and learn more about North Carolina history.