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First Friday walk highlights Portland Fireman Statue

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First Friday walk highlights Portland Fireman Statue

PORTLAND — The city's First Friday Art Walks continue May 3, and highlights include a discussion of Portland's Fireman Statue and an exhibit of political cartoons at the Meg Perry Center.

The walks are popular open-houses featuring city art galleries, studios and museums, sponsored by Portland's Downtown District on the first Friday of each month from 5-8 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m. this Friday, Anthony Muench, a member of the city's Public Art Committee, will share insights about the Fireman Statue, which is at Pearl and Congress streets, next to Central Fire Station.

The statue was sculpted in 1898 by Edward Griffin, a Fire Department veteran who was known for carving figureheads of wooden sailing ships. The Fireman Statue was his first major work in stone, and was originally installed in Western Cemetery.

Also on Friday, the Perry Center will display "Humor From My Pen," a collection of political cartoons by Gerardo Hernandez, one of five Cuban men convicted in 2001 of espionage and other crimes after the group allegedly spied on Florida military installations and infiltrated Cuban exile groups.

The cartoons by Hernandez, who is serving two life sentences, tell the story of his prosecution and of alleged U.S. terror attacks against Cuba, according to a press release. His work has been published and displayed in Cuba for more than 30 years.

The Meg Perry Center is at 644 Congress St., where the exhibit continues through May 25.