Sunday, May 19 2024

With the end of the school year quickly approaching — 28 students from South Pointe High School and Ebinport Elementary spent the afternoon painting a new mural on the site of the former Woolworth building in downtown Rock Hill.

The mural sits on what is, for now, a wooden facade masking an empty lot where the future 139 Main Street apartments will be built.

The mural, an offshoot of an ongoing plan with the Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation’s Quality of Life committee, symbolizes the significance of Rock Hill’s downtown corridor and the impact the block has had on the civil rights movement.

“We thought it was important that our design reflected an equality but also an individuality,” Beard said.  Before applying the paint, students worked on the project taping paint boundaries individually.

“They started individually but then started connecting together,” she said.

Construction on the 139 Main apartments will get underway this fall. Developers plan to build 37 residential units four stories high with street-level retail units and a new pedestrian walkway linking East Main Street with the White Street parking lot.

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