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Literary Giants ~ 1


Marquand, United States

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Artist's Description

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.

Eugene Field (1850 – 1895) was born in St. Louis Missouri. Gest know for his children’s verse, Wynken,Blynken and Nod, He had a successful career as a S.t Joseph, Kansas City and St. Louis journalist.

Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967) was born in Joplin Missouri. One of the Harlem Renaissance writers, he depicted the life of African Americans in the early twentieth century in his poetry, novels and essays.

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867 – 1957) was born in Lund Wisconsin. In 1894 she moved to Mansfield Missouri where in the 1930s and 1940s she published her best selling Little House books chronicling her pioneer life. These books later became the basis for a long-running television series by the same name.

This panel is currently not sponsored.

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.

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