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Woman Brings Black History to Life in New Bristol Mural

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Woman Brings Black History to Life in New Bristol Mural

By Amber Diaz via

About three weeks ago, self-taught mural artist Micaela Levesque was given a list of historic people by CT’s Arts and Culture Commission to represent in a larger than life display.

“Besides MLK, Maya Angelou came up, because she’s like a mega artist to me,” Levesque, a local artist said.

And then she came across Barbara Hudson, a Bristol native.

“She was actually really special because in 1980, she brought a curation of all African American art to the White House and it was the first time President Jimmy Carter, any president had recognized…

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