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City Hallways (Sept. 19): Public art mural highlights civil rights pioneers

Freedom, justice and the long struggle

The Freedom Wall is all about history.

The recently completed mural is located at Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street, which is the northern entrance to the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor.

The artwork provides a "unique story about civil and human rights work in American history, with an eye toward contextualizing national work and local impact," the description reads.

From Rosa Parks and Harriett Tubman to Eva Doyle and George K. Arthur, The Freedom Wall features 28 trailblazers who have influenced the ongoing struggle for political and social equality.

The 28 pioneers were chosen following numerous public meetings with community members.

The mural was painted by a team of local artists – John Baker, Julia Bottoms-Douglas, Chuck Tingley and Edrys Wajed – and sits across the street from Bethel AME Church, Buffalo's oldest black religious institution.

The project, which was unveiled to the public during a celebration last Sunday with a cookout and live music, is part of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery public art initiative.

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The Common Council will hold its regular business meeting at 2 p.m. today in Council Chambers on the 13th floor.

 

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