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Published on May 21, 2013

From the Portland State University Archives: Through the generous support of the National Film Preservation Foundation, Portland State is able to share this restored version of the "Albina Murals," a 1978 documentary film originally shot on color Super 8 and produced by the University's Center for the Moving Image. The murals, created by local artists, depict scenes from African American history, with special attention to the Northwest and Portland. The project represents an important example of the power of the intersection of community, public art and public history. This is the only known film documentation of the mural panels which were removed in 1983.

Under the direction of the project's documentarian, Darryl Clegg, "Albina Murals" highlights the year-long collaboration among 7 local artists of color working to craft a community monument to African American history and includes scenes from the project's public dedication on February 10, 1978. The artists include Isaac (now Isaka) Shamsud-Din (mural painter/project director), Charles Tatum (sculptor/project assistant director), Henry Frison (mural painter), Chonita Henderson Smith (mural painter), Jenny Harada Allen (mural painter), and Larry Scott (assistant mural painter). The mural panels hung from 1978 till 1983 on the exterior walls of the Albina Human Resource Center in the heart of North Portland's Albina neighborhood. Unprotected and unmaintained, the deteriorating murals were eventually removed by the artists. They survive for public viewing only in photographic form and in this documentary.




Filmmakers: Christopher Bangs, Richard Caplan, Lan Fendors, Gary Eppelsheimer, Donna Schatz

Closing music over the credits has been removed on this access copy. The master copies retain the original music.

For more on "Albina Murals", please visit "From the University Archives: Selections from the Center for the Moving Image Film Collection." http://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/cmi...

This digital access copy is for educational use only. It cannot be copied, distributed or screened for commercial purposes. It is made accessible because of one or more of the following situations: the rights are owned by State Board of Higher Education, on behalf of Portland State University; Portland State University has permission to make it accessible; it is made accessible for education and research purposes under "fair use" as defined by U.S. Copyright law; or there are no known restrictions on use. In the event that previously unknown information is shared that may change the status of this item, it will be immediately removed from public view until pertinent rights issues are clarified. Contact Special Collections at Portland State University Library at: specialcollections@lists.pdx.edu or (503) 725-9883/

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