Iconic Houston mural threatened due to leaky roof

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A leaky roof is threatening an iconic Houston mural in the Third Ward. Jeff Ehling reports. (KTRK)

A priceless Houston art treasure is in danger because of a leaky roof.

The mural graces the wall of the Blue Triangle Community Center in the 3rd Ward.

This powerful piece of artwork was painted by Dr. John Biggers back in 1953 but today a leaky roof threatens to destroy it.

This mural is called "Contribution of Negro Women to American Life and Education."

While mural still looks great, the roof over it is a mess. Water is now leaking through the Blue Triangle Community Center roof and threatening the mural. In fact there is already some signs of damage.

The artist died in 2001 and some of his works now sell for hundreds of thousand of dollars.

The folks would never sell the mural, as they want to preserve it by fixing the roof. However, that will cost $45,000, replacing roof over the entire building will cost more than $200,000, it is money the center does not have on hand.

Charlotte Kelly Bryant, the Blue Triangle executive director, said, "the center has no money, all of us and there are about 20 of us, are retired educators, homemakers and others professions and we know the value of this place and we have sacrificed much of our own meager retirement funds to to keep this place going."

The mural is worth more than $1 million, but really it use priceless according to the people here.

If you would like to help save the mural, go to the Blue Triangle website here.

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