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“Philadelphia Energy Solutions' refinery in South Philadelphia” | Photo: Maria Pouchnikova, for City Paper

“Philadelphia Energy Solutions’ refinery in South Philadelphia” | Photo: Maria Pouchnikova, for City Paper

  • For nearly four decades artist John Costanza directed the creation of three murals that were eventually featured on the exterior of University City High School. The 90-year-old and his son are now seeing to their removal and preservation, reports The Inquirer, before the building is redeveloped by Drexel University and Wexford Science and Technology L.L.C. Comprised of some 8,000 ceramic tiles, the murals portray prominent civil rights activists and many of the high-school’s students from that period. “It’s a celebration of [the neighborhood’s] history as well as a commitment to their future,” said Lucy Kerman, vice provost for university and community partnerships at Drexel.

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