Note: All images in this series may be found in the Wall Art collection on our page.
Cape Girardeau Missouri sits on the Mississippi River in Southeast Missouri. There is a long concrete flood wall all along the down town area, between the river and the town. It has gates that can be closed during floods to protect the buildings along the river front.
The scene on the left side of this double panel depicts the view of the Mississippi River from Fort A, one of four forts constructed by the Union Forces in the summer of 1861. These forts, which encircled Cape Girardeau, provided protection from attack from either land or water. Fort A was on the bluff at the eastern end of Bellevue Street. For B encircled the Dittlinger Home on the current site of Southeast Missouri State University’s Kent Library. Fort C guarded the western and southern approaches to the city and blocked Confederate forces’ access to the city via the old Bloomfield Road at the Old Fairgrounds (between Sprigg and Pacific on Good Hope and Locus streets east of south Sprig Street.
The scene in the right side of this panel depicts a scene from the Civil War in 1863 when an exciting incident occurred at the “Battle of Cape Girardeau” on April 23, 1863, when Confederate forces attacked from the west and south of town. During the battle several Confederate cannon balls pierced the roof of the residence of Alfred Lacey on Caruthers Street. Ike , a family slave, extinguished the resulting flames in the midst of the battle, saving the house from destruction.
The River Heritage Mural Association had artists (listed below) paint the entire wall with historic scenes. The scenes are called the “Mississippi River Tales”. These are the ninth and tenth Panels in the series.
The cut stone wall you see here is actually painted on the smooth concrete wall. Then the historic scenes are painted over the cut stone look art. The entire Wall Mural has an 18,000 square foot painted area, is 15 foot tall and 1,100 feet long.
Both sides of this double Panel was sponsored by an Anonymous donor.
Designed and Painted by Thomas Melvin Painting Studio Chicago
Artists include ~ Thomas Melvin ~ Cameron Pfiffner ~ Gary Borremans ~ Craig Thomas ~ Megan Thrower ~ Amanda Thornberry ~ May Melvin ~ Ian Caldwell ~~ Painting of the Murals started in October 2003 ~ (Sketches were started the year before) ~ Completed December 2004 ~ The Wall Murals were Dedicated July 7, 2005
Cape Girardeau Missouri Convention and Visitors Bureau ~ 400 Broadway Street ~ Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-5636 ~ (573) 335-1631
Fuji Finepix S5800
Note: All of the art on the flood wall at Cape Girardeau Missouri is copyright protected. I have permission from the copyright owners to show my images of this art, however none of it is for sale.