To celebrate the unveiling of a new mural that honors Amherst’s Cambodian community, over 100 people gathered at the high school for a Friday night ceremony, blessing and traditional dancing.
Recently graduated senior Augusta Fricke spent nine months working on the mural for one class period per day as part of an independent study. She designed the mural with input from a community of Cambodians, as well as scholars and teachers with ties to the community.
“I grew up with a lot of Cambodian students in our classes,” Fricke said. “When I was doing all the research for what to put in, I read a lot about what it’s like to be Cambodian-American from a younger generation.”