Local Artist Creates "Angels Among Us" for Lee High Victims

Local Artist Creates "Angels Among Us" for Lee High Victims

It's been nearly seven months since a school bus carrying Lee High School students to the Tech Center hit a concrete barrier on I-565 and flew off the interstate, killing four people.

For some, those seven months seem like a lifetime ago, but there are those in the Valley who know how important it is to keep the memories of those who died, alive.

With many strokes of the brush, one local artist has created one-combined tribute to these young students.

John Moore painted a picture in memory of the four girls who lost their lives in the crash.

While you'll sense the much-present symbolism within the artwork, Moore doesn't want anyone to have preconceived notions, he wants you look at it and make your own opinions.

November 20th, 2006 is a day that hit the Valley hard.

Bus 5037 was carrying Lee High School students to the Huntsville Center for Technology when it collided with another car, plunging more than 30 feet off I-565, killing four teenage girls and injuring many more.

These victims have been commemorated in many ways, from funeral services to benefits.

Now, the memory will live on through artwork.

"Angels Among Us" stands tall and noticeable.

This weekend at the Black Arts Festival at Alabama A & M, a Valley artist unveiled this sentimental piece.

John Moore has painted all his life.

Originally from Huntsville, the bus crash impacted his life in many ways.

Moore says, "My nephew was on the bus so it was very dear to my heart, the whole thing that happened.  I thought, 'What can I do as an artist?'"

He went to the school and got input from students.

Then he put his paintbrush to work...

"Of course the central figure is an angel.  I tried to give her a peaceful spirit to sort of push that idea, as well as the 37 candles at the base.  It stands for each one of the 37 students who lived including the bus driver."

Flowers and flames symbolize Crystal McCrary, Tanesha Hill, Christine Collier, and Nicole Ford, who lost their lives in the crash.

Students signed the base of the acrylic painting.

Moore believes art heals.

The beauty behind the masterpiece is that it's all what you make of it... Just as long as you remember.

The painting will hang in Lee High School indefinitely.