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Main Street Roanoke Rapids

Murals to be placed at the urban green space at 1026 Roanoke Avenue will pay tribute to the city’s rail, river and textile history.

Roanoke Rapids Main Street Development Director Christina Caudle had the murals on display during the Main Street annual dinner Monday.

The murals are the works of local artist Napoleon Hill and feature the depot near Roanoke Avenue and Julian R. Allsbrook Highway; the Roanoke Canal Museum, formerly a power station and the Rosemary Mill before much of it was demolished.

The Halifax County Arts Council funded the commission of the mural through a Grassroots Art Program grant.

The location of the green space was home to the former Roanoke Restaurant. “This was a major safety concern,” Caudle said at the meeting.

The facade of the building was saved and work on improvements is underway. It will eventually have tables and chairs and a water feature, Caudle said. The tables and chairs will be in a courtyard-style and it will have seat walls coinciding with the landscaping retention.

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Roanoke Rapids is a North Carolina Main Street community, designated by the N.C. Department of Commerce Main Street & Rural Planning Center. Main Street Roanoke Rapids is charged with administering the program at the local level and building public-private partnerships to spur economic development that achieves measurable results such as investment, business growth, and job creation.

As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Main Street Roanoke Rapids is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities that share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by Main Street America.