After the documentary premiere, Rodrigo Dorfman, far left, leads panelists involved in the creation of the mural in a question-and-answer session with the audience.  (Staff photo by Alexis Allston)

Mural documentary depicts a rich Durham Civil Rights history

More than a year after its completion, the Durham Civil Rights Mural at 120 Morris St. lives on through Rodrigo Dorfman’s artful documentary about the designing and painting of the mural. The documentary premiered on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Hayti Heritage Center at 804 Old Fayetteville St., and is now available for free online. Dorfman […]

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