The location of the mural, Fifth and Park, had been for many years a center for African-American life in Champaign-Urbana. Located between Champaign-Urbana's two oldest African-American churches, Salem Baptist Church at Fifth and Park and Bethel A.M.E. at Fourth and Park, the location of the mural symbolically stood for the rich histories of African-Americans in Champaign-Urbana. This African-American neighborhood became known in the 1930s/1940s as the “North End,” an originally pejorative term to refer to the nearly completely African-American neighborhood. However, over time the “North End” shifted from being a pejorative to a term of pride for some individuals involved in the Black Power movement in the early 1970s. The memories of these community voices offer differing perspectives on the history of this neighborhood, especially along Park Street itself, offering a mosaic of viewpoints on the local African-American experience and how this experience both influenced and was influenced by the Park Street Mural. For more documentation on African-American life in Champaign-Urbana visit