Monday, May 07, 2012

Dothan Murals 3

I have an Aunt that lives in Dothan, Alabama and we visit her almost yearly.  During my trip last  May I photographed half of the twenty colorfully and boldly painted murals that tell the history of the Wiregrass region on buildings throughout the downtown area of Dothan.   

This is my third install on these fantastic murals, you can visit the first group by clicking here and the second group by clicking here.  I hope to complete my collection on my next trip south.

Camp Recovery

This mural is dedicated to the recuperation area for soldiers taken ill.  Camp Recovery was set up on a high bluff overlooking the river three miles southeast of Fort Scott.  

Tribute to Sherman Rose and the Tuskegee Airmen

this mural pays tribute to the ten black students who were the first class in the civilian Pilot Training Program at the Tuskegee Institute in 1939.  Sherman rose became the only black flight instructor at Fort Rucker, a position he served until 1974

I have been hearing the term Wiregrass for years, but, never knew what that meant.  After seeing it in all the descriptions of these murals I decided to google it.  What I learned was that " The Wiregrass Region  is an area of the Southern United States encompassing parts of southern Georgia, southeastern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle. The region is named for the native Aristida stricta, commonly known as "wiregrass” due to its texture. "

Linking to Monday Murals hosted by Oakland Daily Photo

Also linking to Color Carnival hosted by Maria
Linking to Blue Monday hosted by Smiling Sally 


  1. I am really interested in the history of the past. Murals are a great attention-getter to make one interested in finding out more.

  2. I have been very interested in these murals from Dothan. I have never been there...but like Lake Placid, FL, the use of murals around town is a great way to show the history of the region!

  3. Beautiful murals! Love the first one.

    Blue Eggs, have a great week ahead!

  4. Thanks for sharing your blues.

    Happy Blue Monday, Rita.

  5. 20 historical murals! A history buffs paradise! Wiregrass was a new term for me. Wish you a speedy recovery!

  6. Lots of historical murals posted this round. I'm a big fan of them and appreciate learning something new from them. I also like the local pride they express. Look forward to the others you've captured. Thanks for participating in Monday Mural. Sending best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  7. These are nice displays of history.
    I also like that potted plant on the sidewalk!

  8. These are wonderful! Hope you are back soon.

  9. Captured beautifully!

    Come and see my Rosary beads, your comment would mean a lot~!

  10. interesting murals :) visiting from blue monday.


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