- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - There’s a new “Imagine Saginaw” mural in town.

The original downtown Saginaw mural was demolished as part of an effort aimed at eliminating blighted properties, including the building on which it was painted.

Artists Eric Schantz and James Hughes were determined to recreate it in a new location, so they did just that during the Fourth of July weekend. The Saginaw News reports (https://bit.ly/1S5r5tH ) they painted the same inspirational message - although on a smaller scale than the original - on the side of a garage.

Schantz in 2011 had helped organize a group of young people during a conference at First Congregational Church to paint the original mural. The popular mural asked its viewer to imagine ideas such as “Peace,” ”Hope,” ”Love,” and “Respect” in Saginaw.

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Information from: The Saginaw News, https://www.mlive.com/saginaw

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