Mural supporters to be honored Friday

Published 1:02 am Thursday, December 3, 2015


Andalusia’s Tourism and Relocation Committee and Mural Committee are hosting a reception Friday to honor those who have contributed to the success of the city’s 11 murals.

The event is set for 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. in Andalusia City Hall. There will be a brief welcome at 5:30, followed by remarks by artist Wes Hardin, who did each of the murals.

“We mainly want to honor people who have supported the murals,” Mural Committee chairwoman Pat Palmore said. “Anyone interested in the murals is invited to join us.

Mrs. Palmore and her committee members – Bob Anderson, Hazel Griffin, Mary Lee Howard, Elaine Manning, Nancy Robbins, Willie Thomas, Joe Wingard and Sara Catherine Patrick – raise money through contributions, and seek grants to fund the work. They have completed 11 to date, and have produced a booklet with detailed descriptions of each one.

Already, they are working on the 12th mural, which will detail the Three Notch Trail.

“It’s going to be a large one, because it had three parts,” she said. “It was important to the military, the Indians and to settlers, so we have to have just the right space. We want it on Three Notch Street because we are working on getting that on the scenic by-way.”

“Three Notch” came from the practice of marking trees with three blazes or notches to show the way of a trail or route for creating a new road. This method was used especially by the military during the early 1800s, and it is believed that General Andrew Jackson used it on some of his excursions.