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First African-American portrait displayed in Orange County Courthouse

The Orange County Courthouse displayed its first-ever African-American portrait on Saturday. The portrait features Captain Andrew Maples, Jr., who served in the Army as a Tuskegee Airman and grew up on Church Street in Orange County. His portrait serves to remind the community of his accomplishments and sacrifices that not only made significant history in Orange County, but the United States as a whole.

The unveiling shed a light on Black history.

"This is a reminder that there were Black African-Americans who did something for this country, and died for this country, " said Doris Maples Walker, who is the captain's younger sister. His family said this painting makes them feel somewhat closer to their loved one.

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