Peaceable Kingdom Mural


News Release:

Charles E. Hankin, a maternal descendent of Edward Hicks, completed a mural in tribute to the vision of Edward Hicks at 10th and Clearfield Streets, Philadelphia, PA. It is located one block from the Fairhill Quaker Burial Ground, the site of Lucretia Motts internment. It is a collaboration between the PAFA and the Mural Arts Program and part of a larger Peaceable Kingdom Community project by PAFA  that is ongoing, including the PK art contest, PK performance with the Grand Falloons. The purpose of the painting is to bring a peaceful vision to the community which is working to clean up, and pull together. The mural depicts the animals of Hicks, in the ideal world, Lucretia Mott, Elias Hicks and Edward Hicks, three Quaker ministers and a view of the neighborhood observed while working on the wall..

Charles is a Quaker who studied at the University of the Arts (BFA) and The Graduate School of Figurative Art of The New York Academy of Art (MFA). He had studied with Walter Erlebacher at PCA, now UA, and Jack Beal following the NYAA . While at the later he renewed his interest in painting. A sculptor of the human figure, human concerns have been an important part of his art.

His work can bee seen at 
 Art for Peace 
1212 Vilsmeier Rd. 
Lansdale, PA 19446 

His grandfather, John C. Parry Jr., was the grandson of Sarah Hicks Parry.

Charles Hankin is a descendent of the English brass founder, George 
Hankin. His great grandfather, Edward Hankin, who emigrated from 
England, was born in London in 1858 and came to America settling in Ohio 
where he married Elizabeth Foster also from England. They were Captains 
in the Salvation Army. They moved to Philadelphia where Edward worked as 
a conductor on the 2nd Street Trolley Line of the Philadelphia Transit 

Charles’ grandfather, Edward F. Hankin, a Presbyterian, lived in North 
Hills, Pa., was an Instrument Maker who worked for Atwater Kent and The 
Frankfort Arsenal.

Charles’ father, William H. Hankin was born in Philadelphia at the 
family home on 3424 N. 2nd Street. He graduated from Abington High 
School and an Eagle ranked Boy Scout of the Mount Carmel Presbyterian 
Church, North Hills, Pa. troop. He apprenticed as an instrument maker at 
Leeds and Northrop in Hunting Park, Philadelphia. He maintained the guns 
on Corregidor Island in the Philippines from 1938 to 1941 as a civilian. 
He served in the U.S. Army Ordinance Department during the Second World 
War. He lead the first reserve unit from Montgomery County, PA that went to 
Korea in 1950. He worked at the Frankfort Arsenal, Philadelphia as a 
supervisor until his death in 1957.