Portland Street Art Alliance and freinds are organizing a memorial mural for LEROY SLY SCOTT (1956-2020) near 34th and Belmont, less than 100 feet from Leroy's favrite stoop.
Many who have lived, worked and played in this neighborhood likely recognize Leroy. He lived on the streets of Belmont for nearly three decades. Many of us remember Leroy fondly as he always greeted people with a smile and kind gesture. His contagious laugh, warm smile, and silly dances brightened up even the cloudest days.
In August 2019, Leroy finally moved from the streets into housing, thanks to the hard work of his friends who advocated for him until the end. Leroy lived happily in his own apartment, but always missed his friends on Belmont. Less than a year later, in April 2020, Leroy was rushed to the hospital. He was unable to eat or drink for many days due to immense back pain. After a lot of tests, doctors found that cancer had spread throughout his entire body. Sadly, Leroy passed away two weeks later at the Peace Hospice House – his friends by his side, listening to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”
People from all around the city sent Leroy video messages, stuffed animals, cards, and his favorite candies. Friends held a socially-distant memorial outside of Belmont Market for Leroy – attended by dozens of neighbors who came to pay their respects and share stories about their dearly departed friend.
This new piece of local art will feature Leroy himself, along with his favorite saying, “All around the world, the same song.” The mural will be of Leroy sitting on a dock overlooking a bay (a reference to another one of his favorite songs, Otis Redding's Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay. The mural will be painted by a local artist in PSAA's network.
Since 2021, PSAA has organized over 150 murals in Portland and beyond. A few years ago, we painted the Keep on the Sunnyside mural at 30th & Belmont. For this mural, PSAA is volunteering our management services to make this happen, including securing a City of Portland mural permit. Community members and freinds of Leroy such as Caleb Ruecker and Tammy M. along with PSAA will be leading the organizing effort to support the artists.
Your support will help us pay for painting supplies and artist stipends.
We will be working with a team of artists to produce a mural design, and will share that sketch on social media and this page in the future.
If you would like to make a direct financial contribution to this effort, please contact PSAA at INFO@PDXSTREETART.ORG or donate to this GoFundMe. Thank you and remember, to always keep on the Sunnyside of life.