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In Romare Bearden’s youth, the edge of built-up settlement was never more than a 15 minute walk from anywhere in Charlotte. Country life and city life intertwined. A love of rural landscape and country living would mark Bearden’s Mecklenburg series and other artwork. © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
 
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Romare Bearden and his parents migrated North via this handsome train depot, built in 1906.
 
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Romare Bearden and his parents migrated North via this train depot. Image courtesy of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room – Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. "Southern Railroad Depot." The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story. The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. 1 Dec. 2010. http://www.cmstory.org/imagegallery/showimage.asp?pictureid=962
 
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A railroad bridge crossed S. Graham Street within sight of the Kennedy/Bearden home. Sitting in a front porch rocking chair, young Romare could watch trains rumbling by. "Sometimes," a poem written by Bearden in 1964, alludes to this very trestle. © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
 
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The intersection between Trade and Tryon streets was the heart of the business district.
 
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The intersection between Trade and Tryon streets was the heart of the business district. Image courtesy of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room – Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. "Tryon Street." The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story. The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. 26 Oct. 2010. http://www.cmstory.org/imagegallery/showimage.asp?pictureid=982
 
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Postcard with a view of the Square looking north from North Tyron Street. Image courtesy of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room – Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. "Tryon Street." The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story. The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. 1 Dec. 2010. http://www.cmstory.org/imagegallery/showimage.asp?pictureid=446
 
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