Interactive “Smart” Mural Displays Local African-American History


The Center for Digital Inclusion is proud to have supported the production and installation of the new interactive mural in the Rose and Taylor Barber and Beauty Salon on North First Street in Champaign.

Photos featured in the mural reflect African-American history in Champaign with photos dating back to 1920. A free smartphone application also allows viewers to hover over images on the mural and see captions and descriptions.

The mural was created for the North First Street Association by students at the University of Illinois and supervised by Professor Kevin Hamilton.

Production and installation of the mural was made possible by the Center for Digital Inclusion in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the Public Art League and Martin Graphics.

The mural is open for the public to view during business hours at the Rose and Taylor Barber and Beauty Shop, located at 124 N. First Street in Champaign.

To read an article about this project in the Champaign News Gazette, visit

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