You might not know the muralist Ernest Shaw Jr., but there’s a good chance that you have seen his work. Long before the city’s Open Walls project brought murals and street art to the forefront of the city’s art scene. Shaw was hard at work creating large-scale murals for some of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods. Through his murals, Shaw made sure that communities remembered the heroes of black history such as Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. City Paper caught up with Shaw to talk about his work and what it brings to a neighborhood. Read on.