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Updated: 2/11/2013 3:46 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- A lasting tribute to the legacy of a historical African-American neighborhood was unveiled Saturday.

Thirty-four banners now proudly display the history of the Berkley Square neighborhood on light poles surrounding the area.

They show the faces and tell the stories of the day-to-day lives and history of the community.

Plaques also sit at the corner of F Street and Leonard, and D Street and Freeman Avenue.

The neighborhood and surrounding area were the only places African Americans were allowed to live in Las Vegas in the 1950s.

I want them to know that this is a very important place,” said project artist Joseph Watson. “Read the captions below the banners and get an understanding of who's behind, and I hope they will read more about the neighborhood and be inspired as I was.

“It makes me proud because I'm raising my family here and now I have an opportunity to see my kids grow up in the same community and same streets I did, so I want to make sure they’re here for future generations to come.”

African-American architect Paul Revere Williams and investor Thomas Berkley worked to make Berkley Square a reality.

The first homes were built in 1955 for post-war veterans.

The Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission led the project.
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