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Artist says new Midtown mural aimed to ‘bring forth artwork that celebrated Black lives’

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Artist says new Midtown mural aimed to ‘bring forth artwork that celebrated Black lives’

By Zahriah Balentine via

A new mural was unveiled in Midtown on Wednesday, one that a Harrisburg artist hopes will bring awareness to celebrating black lives in the community.

Residents gathered during the dinner hour to celebrate the unveiling of the mural followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The mural, located at 928 James St. by the Exxon gas station parking lot on a three-story building, took three weeks to paint.

Professional artist and creator of the mural, Bryan “King Prolifik” Hickman began volunteering with Sprocket Mural Works in August for the Mulberry Street bridge mural project.

Jeff Copus, cofounder of Sprocket Mural Works, said the steering committee picked an artist, theme, and location for the new mural with the ultimate goal to beautify, elevate, and celebrate lives in the Harrisburg community.

“We knew that as we entered this mural festival that celebrating Black lives was something we wanted to do with…

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