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Rectangular openings scattered along the lightweight concrete exterior will be lit by LEDs, programmable in multiple colors. In the galleries, artifacts, photos and films will span two centuries. The context of American racial violence will be represented in displays of slave shackles and a bloodstained Ku Klux Klan robe. Chairs will be arranged in a simulation of a family-owned barbershop in the Greenwood neighborhood, where Black Wall Street power brokers had congregated. Painted and neon signs will advertise stores and other businesses that had thrived nearby.

“We have been inspired by all the places we cannot travel to right now,” said Irene Gimmersta, Rebel Walls’ co-founder and creative director.

The UV-light-resistant, matte paper is embedded with textile fibers, adding flexibility that makes the hanging process buttery-smooth; $108 per 32.8-by-1.6-foot roll.

Jennifer Olshin, a partner at Friedman Benda, said the public would be allowed to sit on Mr. Dyalvane’s works, “definitely, absolutely, gingerly.”

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