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Work underway on Durham civil rights mural

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A mural on Morris Street includes more than 30 portraits of activists and people closely tied to Durham's civil rights history. A mural on Morris Street includes more than 30 portraits of activists and people closely tied to Durham's civil rights history.
DURHAM, N.C. -

Durham's civil rights history is going on display on the side of a building.

A mural on Morris Street includes more than 30 portraits of activists and people closely tied to Durham's civil rights history, like the city's first integrated students.

It also depicts protests and sit-ins.

The 2,400-square-foot mural on the side of the convention center began in July, but planning started years ago.

The city provided a $20,000 grant for the mural in 2012. However the project was delayed when the building it was going to be painted on was sold.

The wall where it's now going up is three times as big as the original spot.

Volunteers are painting it mostly on weekends and hope to have it complete by the end of September.

A time-lapse camera is capturing the progress.

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Justin Quesinberry

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