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'Peace poles' to mark areas of past gun violence in Savannah

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Neighborhoods in Savannah that have been at the center of gun violence will soon be marked by signs of hope.

Several organizations are teaming up to install "peace poles" at the locations of deadly shootings in the city. Children from those neighborhoods have been painting the poles.

The idea is to give them a way to process the violence they've experienced alongside supportive adults, all while creating art.

"Because of a lot of times when something bad happens in your neighborhood, you don't know what to do about it, but when you make something beautiful... that in itself is not going to solve crime, but it is an act that we can take to stand together in unity to work against it,” said Loop It Up Savannah founder Molly Lieberman.

The first pole will be installed in the coming weeks at E. 52nd Street and Duane Court on Savannah's east side. That's the intersection where 23-year-old Lawrence Bryan IV was shot and killed last summer.

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