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Philadelphians Urged To Tour City’s African-American Murals

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(One of the murals in the  "Albert M. Greenfield African-American Iconic Images Collection."  Photo provided)

(One of the murals in the “Albert M. Greenfield African-American Iconic Images Collection.” Photo provided)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A tour of 47 murals that tell the African-American experience in Philadelphia has been launched and will be under way this weekend.

Ahmir “?uestlove” (pronounced “quest love”) Thompson of the hip-hop music group The Roots is the narrator for the audio tour of the ‘Albert M. Greenfield African-American Iconic Images Collection.’

“We know these murals, but we haven’t thought about them in a while,” says Romona Riscoe Benson, president of the African American Museum in Philadelphia.  “So to bring them under this collection is just phenomenal.”

The tours — either guided or self-guided via cell phone — and an interactive website will tell the histories of the murals.

Grover Washington III says that now his father’s mural, on North Broad Street, will speak.

“What a lot of people don’t know is the humanitarian that he was and the educator that he was,” the younger Washington said.

The tours begin Saturday.   For more information or to sign up, go to muralarts.org.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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