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'Freedom Wall' is subject of student essay contest

Buffalo's "Freedom Wall," four artists' depictions of 28 notable African-Americans at Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street, will be the subject of the 41st annual Carter G. Woodson Essay Contest for students in grades four through 12.

Students may write a poem, rap or verse about one or more persons featured on the wall, which includes portraits and a brief biography of local and national figures, past and present.

Entries must be received by Feb. 10 at the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave., or emailed to Cash prizes will be awarded and winning entries will be read by the writers at the African American History Program at the library at 1 p.m. Feb. 24 and printed in Historically Speaking, the Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier's newsletter.

Explore Buffalo's 'Freedom Wall' and its 28 civil rights leaders


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