Mural to recognize famous Meridian musician

Published: Jan. 23, 2021 at 3:02 PM CST
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The city of Meridian is tempting residents to visit Dumont Plaza downtown with the beginning of a new mural.

The smell of paint was in the air as the face of a music legend is gradually coming to life on a brick wall near Dumont Plaza.

“For the last week or so, we’ve been working on creating a mural for one of Meridian’s native sons. We are ecstatic about this project. I am excited to help bring this to Meridian. We are working with the mayor and the arts council. This is going to be amazing and dynamic,” said Artist Daniel Ethridge.

Daniel Ethridge is one of the artists that’s helping to bring a bright and colorful project to life.

“To see this project come to life is really special. We have a lot of people involved in this project. We will have high school students, college students, and ourselves working on this. It will be great for them to get their paintbrushes in the paint and putting it on the wall. This is a community project,” said Ethridge.

Community Development Director Laura Carmichael said they have been working on this project for years. She also said it is designed to bring a smile to residents.

“This is the first of many downtown art projects that we are excited about. We can’t wait for it to be finished and unveiled. It is great to have something that people from all around that want to see this art. For them to be a part of, is unique for the community,” said Carmichael.

If you’d like to see the mural and its progress, it is located on 4th street near Dumont Plaza.

The mural is expected to be finished in the next two weeks.

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