Construction Begins On Tupac Art Center


began over the weekend in Stone Mountain, Georgia, on

an arts center honoring Tupac


Family of

the slain rapper and political leaders in DeKalb County

gathered Saturday to break ground on the Tupac Amaru Center

for the Arts. Shakur's family has lived in Stone Mountain

for nearly a decade.

Expected to

open in March 2003, the center will feature a performing-arts

studio space and an art gallery. Art that Tupac's fans

have sent his mother, Afeni Shakur, will adorn the walls

initially. "The center is a reason to give our children

hope, instead of being in pain," Afeni Shakur said. The

center is the first of it's kind.

The Tupac

Amaru Center for the Arts will also include a garden commemorating

Shakur, who was shot dead in Las Vegas in 1996, and other

victims of violence.