Publication spotlights Bronx history through art

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A new publication is hoping to teach residents about the history of the Bronx through art.

Bronx borough historian Lloyd Ultan is offering insight into the murals that scale Veterans Memorial Hall and the artistic legacy that can be viewed in the Bronx.

The publication talks about the artists behind the works within the building. Each piece of art represents a pivotal point in the Bronx's history, starting with the first settlers and the borough's involvement in the Revolutionary War.

The stories are not only explained through text, but also in a way unlike ever before.

"Not only do we have the report but we have the first pictures of these beautiful historic murals for the first time without pillars in front of them," Ultan said.

The panoramic photos were commissioned by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and can be viewed in the booklet.

"They should enjoy good art because art -- it heals the soul," Diaz Jr. said.

A copy of the publication can be found at the office of the Bronx Borough President or at the Bronx County Historical Society. It can also be viewed online.

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