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Black icons commemorated in mural

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Elgin residents gather together in celebration of the newly revealed mural dedication. Portraits from left to right: Harvey Westbrook, Annie Lee Haywood, S.H. McShan, Dorothy McCarther, Monty Joe Thomas. Photo by Sonia Browder

​Five of Elgin’s most influential black leaders were honored and forever immortalized with a massive mural dedication on Saturday, Jan. 14The mural, located at the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue, recognized Harvey Westbrook, Annie Lee Haywood, S.H. McShan, Dorothy McCarther and Monty Joe Thomas. The painting is 50 feet long and 20 feet high, covering the entire wall on the side of the building facing South Main Street. ​Westbrook was a civil rights activist and lifelong Elgin resident. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Westbrook went on to earn a master’s degree in agricultural education. He enjoyed ...

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