Note: All images in this series may be found in the Wall Art collection on our page.
Cape Girardeau Missouri, USA 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.
Painted on the south end of the Mississippi River Flood Wall at Cape Girardeau are larger than life size character images of famous people from Missouri. This 500 foot long by 15 foot tall wall mural depicts 45 famous individuals who were born in Missouri or achieved fame while living in the state.
George Washington Carver (1864 – 1943) was born in Diamond Grove, Missouri. As an agricultural chemist and inventor at Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University, in Alabama, he developed a system of crop rotation. He also discovered 300 uses for peanuts and hundreds more for soybeans. Refusing to benefit from his discoveries, he gave his life savings to establish the Carver Research Foundation at Tuskegee.
The panel is sponsored by Midaele and Jim Riley In honor of Lavona Benoit and Eveln Riley: "The more you love, the more love makes: goodness done for goodness sake. "Like this great man, our mothers believe it’s better to give than to receive.
Harry S. Truman (1884 – 1972) was born in Lamar, Missouri. He grew up in Independence and was an army captain in France during WWI. In 1934, he was elected US Senator from Missouri and became Vice President of the United States in 1944. At the death of President Roosevelt in 1945, he became the 33rd President of the united state, serving from 1945 -1953. He proposed the Fair Del, authored the Truman Doctrine and negotiated the alliance that became the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Note: The S. in Harry S. Truman’s name did not stand for any anything. It was common practice in those days to use initials in such a manner. Truman said the initial was a compromise between the names of his grandfathers, Anderson Shippe Truman and Solomon Young. He once joked that the S was a name, not an initial, and it should not have a period, but all official documents which he signed have the S with a period (S.)
This panel sponsored by William J. Chamberlain Family President Truman was conscientiously precise and honest and established a reputation for speaking the truth. He had two signs on his desk. One quoted Mark twain. "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. The other sign quoted Truman and read: “The buck stops here.”*
This is another project of the River Heritage Mural Association. The River Heritage Mural Association was organized in 1987 and has been responsible for the painting, repainting and maintenance of 7 murals around Cape Girardeau including the Missouri Wall of Fame and Mississippi River Tales. The Association Board included Tim Blattner, Freck Shivelbine, Don Greenwood, Paul Lloyd, Craig Thomas, Chuck Martin, and Narvol Randol, Jr.
The original design for this mural project was done in 1995 by Margaret Randol Dement. It was restored in 2006.
The Thomas Melvin Portrait Studio from Chicago Illinois supervised the art work. The artist who contributed were: Thomas Melvin ~ Cameron Pfiffner ~ Marian Voinea ~ Craig Thomas ~ Amanda Thornberry ~ Scott K. Kelley ~ Ryan Hammond ~ John Brooks
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.