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1989 - Mosaic of Bearden mural is hung in Library.
- Romare Bearden planned to create an original work of art for the new Main Library, but died of a stroke in March 1988.
- The Library is allowed to use "Before Dawn," a mural that shows images of his childhood in Charlotte, as a mosaic reproduction.
- At the time of his death, Bearden was recognized as one of the foremost artists of the century.
- Photo shows a mosaic of Bearden’s "Before Dawn" in the Main Library of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.