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June 6, 2014

Art installation honors civil rights figures

DETROIT (AP) — Wayne State University Law School is hosting an art installation that honors civil rights figures Rosa Parks and Judge Damon Keith.

“A Garland of Praise Songs for Rosa Parks” is made up of 26 wood, fiber and fabric totems. It opens Tuesday at the law school in Detroit.

The installation was created by Lester Johnson, a native Detroiter who recently retired after 35 years as a professor of fine arts at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.

The work will be permanently exhibited in Wayne State Law School’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights.

Keith is among those expected to speak at a kick-off event on Tuesday.

Parks died in 2005, at age 92.

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