Tribute to Herman Wrice

Up With Hope. Down With Dope.

artist David McShane

Tribute to Herman Wrice by David McShane. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • location 612 N 33rd Street
  • Neighborhood

    West Philadelphia

  • completion date

    June 30, 2014

About the Project 

Herman Wrice (1939-2000) was a renowned community organizer and inventor of the Wrice Process – a method of direct action, whereby neighbors directly confront street-level drug dealers in their communities. In 1988, Wrice organized Mantua Against Drugs (MAD) and led marches against drug dealers in his neighborhood. Wrice’s slogan “Up With Hope. Down With Dope.” became a popular rallying cry.

In 2000 David McShane created a tribute to Herman Wrice following his death. Recently obscured by new constuction, the mural has now been lovingly recreated at 33rd and Haverford Streets.

Sponsors (original mural) 

Independence Foundation
SmithKline Beecham

Sponsors (2014 mural) 

Drexel University
City of Philadelphia