Mural unveilings set for Tuesday, April 29|[4/17/06]

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 17, 2006

The first two murals in the second phase of the Vicksburg Riverfront Mural project are completed and ready to be unveiled at City Front.

A depiction of the tornado of 1953, the first of the two, will be unveiled Tuesday at 4 p.m.

The mural is sponsored by The Vicksburg Post publisher Pat Cashman, his wife, Barbara Cashman, and their children, Amanda and John. The Cashman family has owned the newspaper since 1883. The scene will depict Dec. 6, 1953, the day after the tornado hit downtown Vicksburg, killing nearly 40 Vicksburg residents and leaving some trapped beneath debris.

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At the center of the mural is a paperboy on a bicycle carrying a bag with copies of The Sunday Post-Herald, the name under which the company won a Pulitzer Prize for its edition that day. The mural shows people reading the paper, buildings that were damaged by the tornado and debris left behind.

On April 29, The Brothers of Sacred Heart, longtime operators of St. Aloysius High School, will be honored. The mural, the 17th painted by Robert Dafford Murals along the north and south floodwall, was sponsored by graduates of St. Al.

The religious order for Catholic men had a presence at the school, originally at First North and Grove streets, from 1879 to 1968.

The mural will depict the three-story wooden structure that housed the school and its faculty until 1948. The original building had classrooms on the second floor and the brothers’ quarters on the third floor.

The murals, which are along the north end of the floodwall, cost $16,500 each. Both were painted on a 20-by-12-foot section of the wall.

More murals are planned for the north floodwall, including depictions of the USS Cairo, Koestler’s Bakery, The Vicksburg bridges, The Sprague and the Methodist Church.