CHICAGO (CBS) — A community art project in Bronzeville is intended to make sure some women who vanished without a trace are not forgotten.

Volunteers on Saturday painted large panels featuring the portraits of women and girls who are missing across the Chicago area.

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Artist Damon Reed partnered with the local nonprofit Girls Like Me as part of a campaign called “Still Searching.”

The leaders of the project said the missing persons cases are not getting the attention they deserve.

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“I wanted to see how I could use my art to make a difference, and when I was seeing, you know, how many women were missing – and this whole situation – it just kind of came to me that I could do these portraits and help raise awareness,” Reed said.

The portrait panels will be displayed on the walls outside the Anthony Overton School at 49th Street and Indiana Avenue.

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The panels will have QR codes for visitors to learn more about the missing women and the lives impacted by their disappearance.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff