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Petition started to remove 'offensive' Merchandise Mart mural of African-American women picking cotton

CHICAGO - For months, Timothy Kincaide has walked daily through the lobby of the Merchandise Mart, but it wasn't until a co-worker told him to look up that he noticed a mural of what appears to be African-American women picking cotton.

"I see oppression, I see pain, you know, I see my people bent over bleeding at the fingers picking up

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