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Downtown portraits honor famous Peorians

PEORIA (HOI) -- People that make the River City unique was the focus of a dedication ceremony Saturday morning in downtown.

Discover Peoria has launched 'Portraits of Peoria', a series of large scale portrait installations created by local artists.

Dr. Romeo Garrett and Betty Friedan's portraits were the first two to be dedicated, located at the corner of Main and Adams. Friedan was a Peoria-born leader in the Woman's Movement, and author of The Feminine Mystique. Garrett was Bradley University's first African American professor.

"Public art shows the strength of a city, I think it's an opportunity for the community to draw together, and to celebrate what's made us great, we are a city of innovation, we are a city of equity and equality, and these two led the way for us," said Eileen Leunig with Big Picture Initiative.

Leuing added that she hopes the portraits will get people excited about Peoria and its history. Each portrait has a QR code that opens a webpage with more details about each individual.

Andy Weber

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