Hartford Library Gets $4 Million Paintings

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The Hartford Public Library is getting a special delivery Friday morning. Two Romare Bearden murals, previously on display at the XL Center in Hartford, will be installed at the library.

The murals will be transported from storage in Bethel, CT to the Arch Street side of Hartford Public Library between Prospect Street and Main Street.  Arch Street between Prospect Street and Main Street will be closed to thru traffic between 6 am and 12 noon.

The murals have been valued at over $4 million and were created by influential Harlem Renaissance painter Romare Bearden.  They are big in size too and measure 10’ x 16’ and 10’ x 12'.  The new exhibit space at Hartford Public Library will allow the works to be viewed by all who wish to see them, publicly, for free. The Downtown Library receives approximately 650,000 visits each year.

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