Bob Hieronimus: His murals tell only half the story
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The Robert Hieronimus mural at St. Paul Street and Lafayette Avenue, one of 10 chosen to grace blank walls around the city, heralds America’s Bicentennial. In addition to many of the nation’s symbols – Liberty, the eagle and even the eye of Providence atop a pyramid – Baltimore’s Aquarian artist added the Baltimore Battle Monument. (Clarence B. Garrett, Baltimore Sun file photo, July 6, 1974)

When Bob Hieronimus officially unveils his restored and expanded “We the People” mural in Charles North Friday night (at the corner of Lafayette Avenue and St. Paul Street), it will be but the latest chapter in an extraordinary tale of art, symbolism, activism and civic beautification in all its many forms that goes back nearly half a century.

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