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Wed February 6, 2013
Saginaw Street Murals
Just a few blocks northwest of the Capitol building is Shanora’s Beauty and Barber Supply at 829 West Saginaw Street. Shanora’s was established by its owner Ora Fuller…29 years ago on February 7th.
As you drive past Shanora’s in the Genesee neighborhood of older storefronts and modest two-story houses…you can’t help but notice something.
Shanora’s west wall is adorned with a beautiful two-story, forty-foot wide mural…depicting influential and popular African American…and other figures from recent years.
Adjacent to Shanora’s is another older, faded two story mural on the side of a house…also featuring African American leaders and notable figures from earlier decades.
Both murals were inspired by Ora Fuller’s desire to showcase African American achievement throughout the world… to all Lansing citizens.
Ora Fuller’s niece Michelle Burks is co-owner of Shanora’s. WKAR’s Peter Whorf spoke with Michelle yesterday about Ora, the Saginaw Street murals…and her years with the store.