To commemorate renowned photographer Gordon Parks’ 100th anniversary, students at Gordon Parks High School, an alternative learning center in St. Paul, are painting a mural on a grand piano and are leaving it on display for members of the community, according to MPR. At 15, Parks found himself homeless on the streets of St. Paul. He later became famous for his groundbreaking photographs of poverty and segregation, MPR reports.

Gordon Parks High students and staff cite the photographer’s life and legacy as a daily reminder that new beginnings are possible.