A mural depicting a number of scenes tied to the Douglass community in Manhattan is being painted at the new Activity Center there by a Wichita native.

EuGene V. Byrd III returned to his home state from Atlanta to paint the piece that has the man who led the Exodusters to Kansas, Benjamin “Pap” Singleton, at its center.

Byrd credits high school friend Lee McFarley, who now lives in Manhattan, with tipping him off about the city’s request for proposals on the project. He says he spent two weeks learning of the history the mural depicts before putting his proposal together.

Once the mural is completed, it will be covered for an official unveiling during the city’s Juneteenth celebration on June 19th.

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