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Miami Gifted Piece of Berlin Wall for Permanent Display

Miami is about to get a piece of world history, just in time for the Art Basel madness to come this winter. German officials announced that Miami will receive a two-ton piece of the Berlin Wall to join our city's sprawling public art presence.

WLRN reports that the chunk of wall will become a permanent exhibit across Biscayne Boulevard from the Freedom Tower.

In accordance with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall November 9, the German government approved the gift that will be displayed in a Miami Dade College parking lot of the Wolfson Campus.

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Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado told the Miami Herald editorial board Wednesday that the city will pay for the cost of the installation's foundation, while the German government will pay for an exhibit this fall.

The three-week long exhibit at the Freedom Tower will feature a replica of "Checkpoint Charlie," the Wall's designated crossing point for armed forces and the city's most famous crossing point.

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