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Louisburg Opera House Mural to be Presented

June 9, 2016

The Louisburg Historic District Neighborhood Association (LHDNA) invites you to the Hodges Fine Arts Complex on the Louisburg College campus on Wed. 6/22, at 7 pm. There will be a presentation of The Louisburg Opera House Mural which is being completed during the month of June. Guests will be welcomed by the LHDNA leadership team and presenters will be Louisburg College student Julius Shumpert from Raleigh, NC and LC Art Prof. Will Hinton. They hope to share with you the origin of the project, the process of creating the images, and the story we want to tell folks about our little town on the Tar River.

The mural is a depiction of The Louisburg Opera House with actual Louisburg folks walking down the sidewalk on Nash Street on a Fall morning in 1936, 80 years ago.

The Mural is a combination of a mid 1930s photograph and still shots from a short 1936 Black and White Documentary Film of Louisburg. Depicted in the mural are three actual Louisburg residents: Ms. Elena Phelps Wheeler, Mr. Jesse (Turk) Perry and Mr. Dick Yarborough.

The completed Mural will become a permanent component of the north facing wall of the City Barber Shop Building, located at the corner of Nash and Main, and owned by Mr. Ron Cox. This Public Art project was made possible by a $1500 Grant from the Town of Louisburg and a $1500 Minority Artist Grant from the Franklin County Arts Council.

Julius Shumpert