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10 year-old Dominique Stewart (left) and Tryston Birdges, 12, help build flower and vegetable planters along the North Williams and Russell Street corridors as part of an Urban League of Portland project to celebrate the historic community contributions of African Americans in Portland.  The project was made possible by a grant and partnership from the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

10 year-old Dominique Stewart (left) and Tryston Birdges, 12, help build flower and vegetable planters along the North Williams and Russell Street corridors as part of an Urban League of Portland project to celebrate the historic community contributions of African Americans in Portland. The project was made possible by a grant and partnership from the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

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