Frankford Mural Locations Set

At the Imagining Frankford meeting at Campbell AME church on Tuesday April 17th, the locations for the Frankford murals were announced.  There are five locations that will be used.  At the Southern gateway to Frankford the locations are 4229-39 Frankford AVenue, 4248 Frankford Avenue and 4122-50 Kensington Avenue.  Further up the locations will be at 4426-28 Frankford Avenue and 4935 Frankford Avenue.  These locations were chosen for visibility from both street level and El level.  Consideration had to be given to the suitability of the wall surface.

Cesar Viveros is the lead artist and he has listened to the community over the last 6 months talk about Frankford.  He presented his design concept last night which will attempt to incorporate what he has heard.  It starts with the heart of Frankford which translates into Community, Family, History, Pride and Potential.  His task is to now express those elements into murals.  He presented some of his initial design concepts and I have reproduced only three of them here.  Click on the image for a full size view.

From here the designs will be finalized and then go into production between June and September.  There will be community paint days where people will be invited into the studio to participate in the process.  The process will be complete in September/October.

There will be another meeting on Saturday April 21st from 1 to 2:30 PM at Campbell AME church at 1657 Kinsey St.   The public is invited to come out and see what is happening.

  • Joseph J. Menkevich

    2nd Creative Mural Meeting – April 21st from 1 to 2:30 pm, at Campbell AME Church, 1657 Kinsey Street.

    Made an appearance, but had a prior commitment.
    There was (in the short time I attended) a conversation upon the participation of Black Americans in the Revolution & Civil War … and every War fought by America.

    I said: “there was never a War fought in America that was not fought by African Americans …”

    Dear Mr Cesar Viveros,

    In the interest of local American History, I am speaking for myself and not the HSF (which you have yet failed to embrace as a resource).

    My offer to assist you with imput is not a forever offer. I have other things in my interests which I am working upon.

    This is my final offer. It’s your choice.

    The Frankford Community is more than 50% African American.

    It was never my intention to exclude (from any Portrait which you may or may not paint) the presence of the African American in the Revolutionary War landscape – overlaid upon an an American Civil War Landscape – overlaid a WWI – WWII & etc.

    Black men were here just as long as any White man, and the Indians were here even longer. (Cesar, please excuse me & forgive my observation, but when I see your picture, you remind me of the American Indians I once met in the South-Western United States of the Ute Tribe).

    A United States was founded on a dream – a dream too terrible to imagine: Freedom.

    Freedom from the yoke of foreign commerce. Freedom to be Independent. Freedom from slavery.

    What is left of our society today is only shadow of the what our Revolutionaries dreamed. Our country is divided by internal strife.

    In 1774, Dean Tucker (of England) provoked our Founding Fathers on thoughts of Independence for the Negro, as he published this:

    “Permit me therefore to ask, Why are not the poor Negroes, and the poor Indians entitled to the like Rights and Benefits? And how comes it to pass, that these immutable Laws of Nature are become so very mutable, and so very insignificant in respect to them?

    They probably never ceded to any Power, — most certainly they never ceded to you, a Right of disposing of their Lives, Liberties, and Properties, just as you please. And yet what horrid Cruelties do you daily practice on the Bodies of the poor Negroes; over whom you can have no Claim, according to your own Principles?

    What shameful Robberies and Usurpations are you daily guilty of in respect to the poor Indians the only true and rightful Proprietors of the Country which you inhabit?

    These Things, Gentlemen, ought not to be: For whilst you, and. your Constituents, are chargeable with so much real Tyranny, Injustice, and Oppression; you declaim with a very ill Grace against the imaginary Tyranny, and the pretended Oppression of the Mother-Country.

    I am not unacquainted with your Manner of carrying on your bartering Trade with the Indians, any more than with your Treatment of your unhappy Slaves the Blacks.

    I could also give some Specimens of your equitable Mode of measuring, and making Purchases of Lands from the Natives; — even when you condescend to the Formality and Farce of making a Purchase from them: — Also how you contrive to thin the Numbers of these unhappy Tribes by Means of your grand Engines of Death, Rum, and the Small-Pox: And then how you drive the miserable Survivors away, and seize their Lands.

    But I forbear: — For my Deign is not to rouse the Indignation of my Countrymen to go to War with you, — but to throw you entirely off: Which perhaps may prove the greater Punishment of the two.

    In regard to your setting up for Independence, it is no new Thing. Every Colony has done the like, as soon as it was able …”

    In 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote these words against the King of England on Negro Slavery, but they were STRUCK from the Declaration of Independence just before it was signed:

    “He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it’s most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. This piratical warfare, the opprobium of INFIDEL powers, is the warfare of the CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain. Determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce. And that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people on whom he also obtruded them: thus paying off former crimes committed against the LIBERTIES of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the LIVES of another.”
    The war in America continues as a Civil War over racial disparity – with news media publications of propaganda that sells the news – there will be no Peace or Healing!

    There has never been any healing because all of our American History has disenfranchised or minimized the Black Americans (and Indians), who have fought in any American War.

    Who can feel OK with that?

    Do you want to go on paintinting little wondrous surrealisms of the various sufferings in the neighborhoods, or are you going to paint mural base on the Truth?

    It is a new year – let’s get together and drink a beer and talk about it – or perhaps not. It’s your choice.

    J.M.
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    Collection: African American Newspapers
    Publication: THE CHRISTIAN RECORDER
    Date: September 10, 1864
    Title: INTERESTING FROM FRANKFORD
    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    For the Christian Recorder. INTERESTING FROM FRANKFORD .

    Pursuant to a call made, a public meeting of the colored citizens of Frankford was held in the A.M.E. Bethel church, Oxford street, on Monday evening, August 22d, 1864. The meeting was opened by singing and prayer. Mr. Randal Pleasants, Sr., was chosen Chairman. Mr. Joseph G. Fry was appointed Secretary. On motion of Mr. William S. Walker, and seconded by Mr. William Watson, that the call for a national convention of colored citizens of the United States be read, – moved and seconded that we elect one delegate, and furnish him with credentials, to represent Frankford in the coming National Convention that is to be held in the city of New York on the Fourth Day of October, 1864. On motion that we appoint a Nominating Committee – and that Mr. Peter R. Brake, Mr. Jacob Myers, Mr. William Watson, Mr. Job Trusty, and Rev. Henderson Davis, be on that Committee. We, your Committee, beg leave to make the following report: We, by the authority of the colored citizens of Frankford , have nominated Mr. Henderson Davis, Jr., and Mr. Morris to be elected. Mr. Samuel Morris was elected as a delegate to represent Frankford in the coming National Colored Convention. The following resolutions were offered by Mr. Lewis Bedford: Whereas, the colored citizens of Frankford and vicinity have unanimously concluded to send a delegate or representative to New York, and Whereas, the said delegate or representative is going to leave home, friends and situation in behalf of and for the express purpose of vindicating and encouraging the following principles – namely: sound morality, temperance and frugality, education, industry and thrift; and Whereas, the said delegate has purposed upon receiving no emolument for his services, except what is necessary to defray his public and private expenses at home and abroad; Therefore be it, and it is hereby, Resolved , 1. That the colored citizens of Frankford on this Monday evening do contribute and collect the small sum of thirty-five dollars, which sum is necessary to defray the expenses of said delegate. 2. And be it further resolved that we, when assembled, do elect by ballot a responsible Treasurer, in whose hands all public and private contributions and collections shall be placed, until such times as the aforesaid sum, thirty-five dollars, is raised. 3. That we do, on and after this Monday evening, contribute and collect the above sum as speedily as possible. 4. That we do, if not incompatible with or for any future meetings or regulations which the members of the church have or will make, hold a meeting on every Monday evening until the above sum is collected. 5. That the proceedings of the previous meeting which led to the election of Samuel Morris meets our highest approbation, and that we highly appreciate Mr. Morris as a gentleman and a scholar, and as the right man in the right place. The above resolutions were all unanimously adopted.
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    Collection: African American Newspapers
    Publication: THE CHRISTIAN RECORDER
    Date: April 1, 1865
    Title: VOLUNTEERS FROM THE FRANKFORD , PA
    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    VOLUNTEERS FROM THE FRANKFORD , PA.

    By the kindness of Mr. W.S. Walker, we have obtained a list of names of the colored men who have lately enlisted in defence of the Stars and Stripes, in Frankford . They are all young men, and well known, and many of their friends elsewhere, will be pleased to see their names: – Robert Calahan, Elijah Barret, Jesse Pleasant, Wm. Massy, George Pleasant, Moses Bedford, Isaiah W. Somers, David A. Jackson, Samuel Morris, James W. Somers, Jacob Scott, James Butler, Jr.

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    Collection: African American Newspapers
    Publication: THE CHRISTIAN RECORDER
    Date: August 15, 1889
    Title: The combined excursion in celebration of freedom between A.
    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    The combined excursion in celebration of freedom between A.M.E. Church is the Bristol, PA, in Frankford , Philadelphia, at Oakland Park last Thursday was a grand success. Elder Chambers is quite distinguished for such celebrations. Campbell Chapel, a Frankford , under Elder Palmer and his efficient corps of officers and teachers at a greatly to the success of the occasion. Speeches were made by JM Palmer, Dr. Sampson, Robert Holland, and Bishop Campbell; Hon. Wm. Still, presiding. The local music was furnished by the Bristol choir and in which the Frankford choristers united heartily. The colored band from Frankford furnished the instrumental music in a credible matter. The day was pleasantly spent all expressing themselves as being highly pleased. Celebrate again.
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    Collection: African American Newspapers
    Publication: THE CHRISTIAN RECORDER
    Date: February 20, 1864
    Title: TAX-PAYERS
    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    For the Christian Recorder. TAX-PAYERS.

    The annual tax paid in 1863 by the colored people in the Twenty-third Ward, Frankford , Pa., was $203.94 State Tax, and $23 Poor Tax. We thought it would be well to know how much the colored people paid. INVESTIGATOR.
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    Collection: African American Newspapers
    Publication: THE CHRISTIAN RECORDER
    Date: April 27, 1867
    Title: IF Charles Lola, (colored ) lately from Winchester, Va., is
    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    IF Charles Lola, (colored ) lately from Winchester, Va., is in the city of Philadelphia, he will hear something to his advantage by applying at 4529 Franklin street, Frankford , Pa.

    JULIA LOCKET.
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    Collection: African American Newspapers
    Publication: THE CHRISTIAN RECORDER
    Date: November 12, 1870
    Title: FROM FRANKFORD .MR. EDITOR: DEAR SIR: – Having had the honor
    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    FRANKFORD .

    FROM FRANKFORD .

    MR. EDITOR: DEAR SIR: – Having had the honor of visiting the Academy of Music, on Monday evening, the 31st inst., and hearing from the lips of the great American scholar and statesman, viz. (Charles Summer,) his scholastic and interesting lecture, entitled, “Layette the faithful one.” After surveying the audience with an inquisitive scrutiny, I became at once smitten with a feeling of shame and anxiety, to see so few of our people present, to listen to the punctilious idioms of this more than didactic champion of freedom. I saw, however, four able representatives present: Bishop J.P. Campbell, Rev. B.T. Tanner, William D. Forten and William Nesbit; there were also others present, but colored faces generally, were scarce. The Bishop (whom I engaged in conversation) after perceiving the scarcity of colored physiogs, in the parquet and circles, very gravely gave utterance in his usual idiosyncrasy, to the following terse, and I hope, beneficial remark. He, (the Bishop) said, “If he was allowed to come back to earth in twenty-five or fifty years hence, and visit the Academy, to hear a man like Senator Sumner, and see so few colored persons present, he would want the race blotted out of existence.”

    L.N. BEDFORD.
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    Collection: African American Newspapers
    Publication: THE CHRISTIAN RECORDER
    Date: November 29, 1862
    Title: CITY CARS AND COLORED PASSENGERS
    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    CITY CARS AND COLORED PASSENGERS.

    At the annual Union Thanksgiving Meeting of the churches of the Reformed Presbyterian and United Presbyterian denominations in this city, held on Thursday afternoon, at the church of Rev. William Sterrett, 22d Street, near Callowhill, addresses were made by Rev. Messrs. Crow, Price, Dr. Wylie, George H. Stuart, and others. Mr. Price, of Frankford , referred, in a feeling manner, to the death of Rev. Richard Roberson, as the result of his exclusion from a Frankford car, and being compelled, on a dark and stormy night, to occupy the platform of said car. At the conclusion of the meeting, Rev. A.G. McAuley, of Kensington, rose and offered a resolution that a committee, consisting of six laymen, (three from each of the denominations here represented,) be appointed to print and circulate a petition in favor of permitting all respectable or well-behaved persons to occupy the cars, irrespective of condition or color. The resolution was adopted by the meeting without dissent, and the following persons appointed to attend to the matter: – Dr. McMurray, Alexander Kerr, Thos. Stinson, Wm. Getty, Wm. S. Young, and another person, whose name we do not recollect.
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    Collection: African American Newspapers
    Publication: THE COLORED AMERICAN
    Date: May 8, 1841
    Title: ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    Location: New York, New York

    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.

    G. Cone, Brockport, N.Y., $3; Lewis & Templeton, Pittsburg, $8; F. Way, Lansingburgh, N.Y., $2; P.M., Fredericksburg, O, $2; J.I. Carter, Augusta, Me, $2; R.C. & E.R. Johnson, New Bedford, Ms., $3; R. Johnson, Philadelphia, for Frankford subscribers, $6; P.M. Cleveland, O., $1; P.M., Syracuse, N.Y., $2; C. Freeman, Andover, Ms., $2; P.M., Farmington, N.Y., $3; F.G. Shaw, Boston, Ms., $5.

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    Collection: African American Newspapers
    Publication: THE CHRISTIAN RECORDER
    Date: January 23, 1864
    Title: For the Christian Recorder.
    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    For the Christian Recorder.

    MR. EDITOR: – We thought we would let you and your many readers know what is going on in the Twenty-third Ward, Frankford , Pa. The call for colored soldiers reached us, and the young men have responded to the call. Seventeen have enlisted, fifteen in the army and two in the navy. The evening after they enlisted, we called a meeting in the A.M.E. Church at Frankford , to encourage them for their bravery. The meeting was opened by singing the hymn, “Hark! Listen to the Trumpeters! They call for Volunteers,” &c. Prayer by Mr. Henderson Davis, Sr. After which Mr. Henderson Davis was elected Chairman, and Mr. William S. Walker Secretary. Two or three gentlemen very eloquently addressed the brave boys, and the meeting adjourned. We will give you a list of the names of the men who enlisted: – James W. Davis, Alexander Bedford, Thomas Davis, Charles Somers, Joseph Lancaster, Benjamin Jackson, Jeremiah Murray, Silas Little, Benjamin Little, Elias Cury, Thomas Celvin Trusty, Edward F. Marks, James Butler, Andrew Trusty, Samuel Shorter, Benjamin Woodlin, Albert Farral. Respectfully yours, &c. JACOB TRUSTY, PETER R. BRAKE, Committee. RANDALL PLEASANT.
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    Collection: African American Newspapers
    Publication: THE CHRISTIAN RECORDER
    Date: February 18, 1865
    Title: The Public Ledger (Philadelphia,) says that the Frankford a
    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    The Public Ledger (Philadelphia,) says that the Frankford and Southwark Horse Railroad has tried the experiment of letting colored persons ride in its cars, and found it unprofitable – more being lost by whites refusing to ride with negroes than is gained by the custom of the latter. Whereupon, says The Ledger : “It is not to be expected that business companies will sacrifice their pecuniary interests to carry out a political or social principle.” Probably not. we have only to say to Mr. Childs, the present editor and proprietor of The Ledger , that that is just what is the matter. Now that The Ledger and such other papers give credence to such God-hated wrongs, how long will it be before men will learn to do right?
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    Collection: African American Newspapers
    Publication: THE CHRISTIAN RECORDER
    Date: October 11, 1888
    Title: PHILA. Preachers’ Meeting, through their treasurer, Rev. W.
    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    PHILA. Preachers’ Meeting, through their treasurer, Rev. W.H. Heard, reported Monday for yellow fever sufferers: Revs. C.T. Shaffer, Bethel, $56.08; J.W Beckett, Union, $17.00; W.H. Davis, Murray Chapel, $17.00; L.J. Chambers, Zion Mission, $33.50; W.H. Heard, Allen Chapel, $11.00; J.D. Stansberry, Wilmington, Del., $12.00; J.W. Noris, Frankford , Pa., $11.00; G.M. Witten, Camden, N.J., $2.00; J.W. Cooper, Burlington, N.J., $2.65. Twenty dollars of this was sent to the widow and children of Rev. W.P. Ross, thirty-five dollars to Rev. J.H. Welch and the balance to Mr. D.W. Onley, chairman of the auxiliary colored committee.
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    Collection: African American Newspapers
    Publication: THE COLORED AMERICAN
    Date: March 14, 1840
    Title: EULOGY
    Location: New York, New York

    EULOGY.

    An Eulogy will be delivered on Tuesday evening next, 17th instant, on the life and character of the late Dr. John Brown, in the first Colored Presbyterian Church, corner of Frankford street, by Mr. Jas. Fields. Admission 12 12 cents. Tickets for sale by Rev. T.S. Wright, 28 John st.; Rev. P. Williams, 68 Crosby st.; Rev. T. Eato, 231 Church st.; Rev. J. Richardson, 82 Sullivan st.; Dr. J. Smith, 93 West Broadway; Dr. Wm. M. Lively, 62 Leonard st.; Mr. Wm. P. Johnson, 69 Leonard st.; T. Seaman, 39 Leonard st.; P. Loveridge, 251 Elizabeth st.; F. Myers, West Broadway; W. Brady, 226 Bleecker st.; T.L. Jinnings, 35 Chatham; P.A. Bell, 15 St. John’s Lane, and 560 1-2 Pearl st.; Anti-Slavery Office, 143 Nassau st.; Colored American Office, 9 Spruce street, and at the door on the evening. The proceeds to be for the benefit of the widow of Dr. Brown.

    Doors open at 7 o’clock. WILLIAM P. JOHNSON, WILLIAM BRADY, P.A. BELL – Committee .
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    Collection: African American Newspapers
    Publication: THE CHRISTIAN RECORDER
    Date: January 11, 1877
    Title: GETTING READY FOR HOLIDAY
    Author: REV. E.V.M. TENEYCK.
    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    GETTING READY FOR HOLIDAY.

    BY REV. E.V.M. TENEYCK.

    The holidays have come and the schools are taking a short recess. Last Friday morning we had the pleasure to witness the Frankford colored school, which event is well worthy to be before the public notice.

    Mr. J.H. Davis, principal, and Miss Bustill, assistant, deserve much credit for their labors given and the great interest shown toward the improvement of the pupils. Everything was conducted with perfect order. The exercises consisted of singing, recitation declarations and dialogues which were rendered with readiness, making it manifest that their training and culture had been good and thorough

    There were something like 80 pupils present. Quite a number of the parents and friends turned out to witness the occasion.

    Among some of the more eminent were several of the clergy of the place and several members of the school Board, and the Editor, of the Frankford Herald , who after the pupils had finished their exercises, expressed in turn, their gratification, by making short addressees to the school. Mr. Davis then thanked the friends for the encouragement they had given and the respect they had shown by their presence. HE said he had come there to teach when he was only a boy, and had continued his labors 10 years. We heartily to him, well done, and bid him God’s speed, and hope and pray that he may continue there 10 years longer. HE is the right man in the right place.

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    Collection: The Liberator
    Publication: THE LIBERATOR
    Date: June 24, 1864
    Title: WHETHER NEGROES WILL FIGTH. There is a complete concurrence
    Location: Boston

    W N F There is a complete concurrence of testimony as to the suspect courage or the negro troops at the storming of the Petersburg entrenchment on Wednesday. The dispatches to the War Department refer to them as “assaulting and carrying the rifle-pita with great gallantry,” and add: “The hardest fighting was done by the black troops. The forts they stormed ware the worst of all. After the affair was over, Gen. Health went to thank them, and tell them be was proud of their courage and dash. He says they cannot be exceeded as soldiers, and rant hereafter be will send them into a difficult piece as readily as the beat white troops. They captured six out of the sixteen cannot which he took.” The accounts of all the newspaper correspondence are of the same tenor, The facts are beyond question. The division which earned this praise was the division of Gen. Hinks, part of Gee. Better’s command.

    “B,” corresponded of the Journal writer as follows:—

    “The severest punishment inflicted on the robel is thought the colored troops. Prispuners taken are usefully sent from the front, guarded by colored soldiers. The capture in comparison to this so called indignity. To be capture by the Yankeen in bad enough, but be marshed off under good of slave in a little too much for Southern A gentlemen from the front witness a very impressive sight the other day. A large number of came in from the front under a colored guard. The robel were haggard, how a sprited and tired. They lagged a little and seemed anxious to rest. The colored officer saw this and shouted out, “Class up up dare! we new.” The order was obeyed but The gentlemen said to one of the officers, “This is better than being that.” He replied with a she know about this I had butious these are more then war or law of

    W, June 11.

    S The Report of the conference committee on the bill was agreed to.

    The Report is as follows:

    “All persons of color who were free on the 19th of April 1861, and have been and mustered into the military service of the United States, shall from the time of their enlistment be entitled to receive pay bounty and clothing allowed to such persons by the laws existing at the time of their enlistment. The General is to determine any question of law arising under this provision, and if the -General shall determine that any such enlisted persons are entitled to receive any pay, bounty or clothing in addition to what they have already received, the Secretary of War shall make all necessary regulations to enable the pay department to make payment in accordance with such

    The House concurred in the report, 70 to 58.

    The correspondent of the New York Herald at Port Royal writes as follows:—

    There is trouble again about the pay of the Massachusetts colored troops. The 54th and at Morris Island, have always refused the pay provided by law for negro troops, claiming that they volunteered prior to the passage of the act, and under the general law for volunteers. The paymasters have just been around and the negroes have again refused their pay, because they could not get all they claimed. The act equalizing the pay of white troops and black ones not being retroactive, does not help them at all while they contend so obstinately for a principle. It is represented that many of the families of these soldiers are in workhouses; but still they claim white men’s pay, and every cent of it, or nothing at all. It is stated that these men are inspired with all this firmness by their officers, and but for them would have long since settled with Government on its own terms. [Not so!] But I hardly feel like criticizing the conduct of these troops in any respect; for their merits as fighting men are acknowledged throughout the department—officers and men.

    Col. Hallowell is now in Washington, endeavoring to have this matter settled, having been specially detailed for that service by Gen. Foster.

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