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Portsmouth artist Richard Haynes will speak on Friday, August 6, at 6 pm on the mural entitled The Great Migration which is currently on view at the Seacoast African American Cultural Center Portsmouth, NH as part of the Center’s 10th Anniversary Celebration.

The 12 foot-long mural, designed by Haynes, was painted by art students from Currier Museum Art Center in Manchester. It depicts significant cultural and political contributions by African Americans beginning with the time of slavery, through Reconstruction and the Civil Rights era, and ending with the historic election of President Barack Obama. Several preliminary studies made by the students, who ranged in age from 6 to 14 years, will be displayed alongside the mural.

Haynes’ presentation at 6 pm is part of a public reception at the Seacoast African American Cultural Center from 5:30 to 8 pm during Art Round Town in Portsmouth. He will be joined by Bruce McColl, director of the Currier Museum Art Center.

The Currier Museum of Art has partnered with the Seacoast African American Cultural Center, the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, and the Discover Portsmouth Center to present The Great Migration. The mural is on view at the Seacoast African American Cultural Center located at 10 Market Street in the Discover Portsmouth Center from July 23 through September 19, 2010.

Visitors will also have an opportunity to preview Richard Haynes’ most recent work in an exhibition opening August 6 entitled The Family of Man – Breaking Stereotypes at the Discover Portsmouth Center, also at 10 Middle Street. The show will feature twelve paintings depicting images of the 1920s through the 1950s in which all races embrace diversity through social events. This exhibition celebrates the 15th Anniversary of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail.

About the Currier
The Currier Museum of Art ( in Manchester, NH is home to an internationally respected collection of European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture. New galleries showcase the collection of over 11,000 objects, including works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet, O'Keeffe, and Warhol.

The associated Currier Museum Art Center offers studio classes, art camps, intensive workshops and outreach for all ages. To learn more about Art Center programs visit

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