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Mural project Aims to Transform Buildings, Perception of East Baltimore

The Baltimore Sun

January 16, 2016

 

East Baltimore's Oliver and Johnston Square neighborhoods have suffered high levels of violence, blight and drug trafficking.

But they're also home to historic landmarks such as the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum and Green Mount Cemetery, resilient communities and efforts to redevelop.

Yvonne Hardy-Phillips — whose family has invested in East Baltimore since the early 1970s — is intent on telling the neighborhood's story, fostering pride and making sure that area is recognized as a vital part of Baltimore. The Maryland Institute College of Art graduate student, 64, has commissioned eight artists to reimagine the outside of two vacant buildings she owns at Harford Avenue and Biddle Streets as a tribute to the community and its history.

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