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Blueprint launches the Cascades History and Culture Trail project along FAMU Way

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Tom Flanigan
After the project kickoff event, attendees - like these young people - were invited to grab paint brushes and add their creative visions to one of the overpass supports at Anita Favors Thompson Park.

The latest addition to the FAMU Way project received an official launch the morning of Thursday, Oct. 13.
Blueprint Project Manager Tatiana Daguillard kicked off the kickoff, which took place at Anita Favors Thompson Park.

"Segment 3 of the Capital Cascades Park project will be complete in spring 2023 with the grand opening of the History and Culture Trail project," she announced during her welcoming remarks to the crowd.

Among the 9 local artists tapped to create public art along the trail is Yasaman Mehrsa. She sees works like her planned mural called "We Are One" as bringing value to the community.

"Bringing stories to life, building up social engagement, enhancing physical and mental health, and of course beautifying public spaces."

Meanwhile, sculptor Alisha Lewis plans a historical tribute.

"It's in honor of the FAMU students during the 1950s and 60s who were activists in protests during the Civil Rights Movement," she explained.

Blueprint funding for the History and Culture Trail along FAMU Way totals just over $1 million.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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