Arnette's Barber Shop Mural (108 East Oak Street)

Arnetts(Click the photo above for an audio tour)

Arnette's Barbershop was founded by Charles Arnette in 1945 in Carbondale, Illinois, back when barbershops were more than just a place to get a haircut; They also hosted community meetings for civil rights activists who were fighting for change. The barbershop has remained thriving and relevant to the community even after 75 years, making it one of the oldest Black-owned businesses in the area. Carbondale Community Arts held a ribbon-cutting on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, for a large mural on the outside of the business, painted by long-time artist Najjar Abdul-Musawwir. The title of his latest work is "Safe Place" because, over the years, Musawwir says the barbershop has been a haven for men and boys to share stories. "Every time I go in and get my haircut, I have great conversations. Nobody ever got shot, nobody ever got beat up, nobody ever got hurt. It's always a safe place for dialogue." The mural was funded by Carbondale Community Arts, which is looking to fund more artwork in the future, highlighting local businesses.