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Voters played a role in the city’s latest mural, being painted at the Windsor Recreation Center, at 1601 E. Gate City Blvd. The photorealistic black-and-white painting, which honors participants of the Woolworth sit-ins (Information changed to correct an error. 5:48 p.m. Sept. 11. See correction below.), was funded by City Council District 2 voters through participatory budgeting, which lets residents decide how to spend city funds. The artist, Nils Westergard, 27, of Richmond, Va., was inspired by a newspaper photo taken Feb. 2, 1960, of Joseph McNeil, Franklin E. McCain, William Smith, and Clarence Henderson on the second day of the historic Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-ins. Westergard has exhibited his work around the world and painted a mural of a nude woman near The Depot off Washington Street in 2018. Voting is underway for the third cycle of participatory budgeting at www.PBGreensboro.com until Oct. 31.

Correction: The mural was incorrectly described when this article first published. The piece was inspired by a newspaper photo taken Feb. 2, 1960, of Joseph McNeil, Franklin E. McCain, William Smith, and Clarence Henderson on the second day of the historic Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-ins.

Contact Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane at 336-373-5204 and follow @dawndkaneNR on Twitter.

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