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Inside historic theater, a hidden wall of honor

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CLEARWATER (FOX 13) -

Workers renovating Clearwater's historic Capital Theatre found a hidden brick wall with the names men who served World War I written on it. It was originally an exterior wall, but was covered over and forgotten for decades.

"I never had any idea about it," said 81 year-old Carroll Nall. "And I've lived here my whole life."

The name of Nall's father, Carroll, is among the dozens of names written on the 20-foot high, 12-foot wide wall. Asterisks were written beside the names of several who died in the war; the names of African Americans were written in green.

Jeff Hartzog, who is overseeing the Capital Theatre's renovation for Ruth Eckerd Hall, says the wall is brittle, but parts of it will be saved.

"We're now trying to preserve as much of it as we can intact so that we can cover it in Plexiglass and it will stay in the building."

The theatre is scheduled to re-open later this year.

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