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125 Franco's Boulevard (Harlem Library Cinema Series)

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October 13, 2010
National Black Programming Consortium

Produced by Sia Nyorker & Jacob Templin

When a community is in the process of development and gentrification, what happens to the art and culture that represents the people of that community?

With colorful strokes, Franco the Great has been painting murals on the storefront roll-down gates (riot gates) on 125th Street for 40years. A rezoning legislation and recently passed city law threaten to remove those gates along with the art and culture that is painted on them. Who will step up and preserve Franco's art in the wake of big plans to change Harlem?

 

 

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