Local community members, students, and artists have started work on revitalizing the mural adjacent to the Farmer’s Market.
“The original mural at the Farmers Market was painted 35 years ago as part of the 1985 revitalizing Main Street program,” said Main Street director Cheri Bedford. “It has been fading over the past 35 years,”
Deborah Dobbins and Paris Junior College students were the original artists.
“The current Main Street board has recognized the connection between art and revitalization and on their work plan have goals to have more art downtown,” added Bedford.
Bedford said the mural is part of our history and depicts the story of the people of Paris who lived back when cotton was a major economic industry.
Local artist, Lena Spencer was commissioned to paint the mural and it was her idea to involve students from area schools.
“We’re repainting and brightening it up. We don’t want to change it, just revitalize it,” said local volunteer, Lena Spencer.
Students from North Lamar High School have been spending their Spring Break volunteering.
“This has lasted for 35 years and it’ll be cool to come back in 35 more years and see it. Hopefully, we’ll be able to help revitalize it again then,” said North Lamar student, Stephen Stewart.
Paris Main Street hopes to be finished by this weekend.