Mural back at courthouse after Katrina hiatus - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Mural back at courthouse after Katrina hiatus

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - The 34-foot James McConnell Anderson mural called "Singing River" is back up at the courthouse building in Jackson County after being removed because of Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters.

Historian Thomas Wixon worked with the county recently to have it restored, and returned. Wixon tells The Sun Herald the mural has been back up for several weeks, but lacks its dedication plaque.

The mural spent several years in the care of Ocean Springs' Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center. In July 2009, county crews placed the mural in climate-controlled storage until it could be taken to Columbia for restoration by Richard White.

The mural was commissioned in 1959 by Pascagoula American Legion Post 160 for the lobby of the Singing River Hospital.

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