BALTIMORE — People in Freddie Gray’s old West Baltimore neighborhood of Sandtown-Winchester often compare their community to a third-world country: Block after block of boarded-up windows, collapsed roofs and — since the April riots — charred buildings.

But amid that blight are beautiful, moving works of art, many of them inspired by Gray’s death and the upheaval that followed.

On Monday, jury selection began in the case against William G. Porter, the first of six officers being tried in connection with Gray’s death. Leading up to it, Washington Post photographer Jahi Chikwendiu and I spent several days walking Sandtown, interviewing its residents and being struck by the power of its murals. Below is a selection of what Chikwendiu captured with his camera.


Here's what you need to know after a jury failed to reach a verdict in the trial of William G. Porter, one of six police officers charged in the ​Freddie Gray case​. (Ashleigh Joplin/The Washington Post)