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Residents hope new mural will 'bring good' to the city

Residents hope new mural will 'bring good' to the city. / Photo: Danielle Ledbetter

The city of Pelham hopes a new painting in town will serve as a tourist attraction.

What was once a lime green building is now a painting that depicts an 1800's style home.

Alyssa Blakely, the Main Street Director, recalls how it all came to be.

After receiving a grant from the Georgia Center for the Arts, They were ready to get the ball rolling.

The grant didn't cover the entire costs of the mural. The Pelham Main Street program funded the rest of the project with money from donations and fundraisers.

They got the artist, Wes Hardin, to paint the mural. They wanted it to pay homage to the city's history.

Blakely says, "The mural is a picture of Highland Villa which was the home of the Hand family."

H.L. Hand founded the city of Pelham. The home was built in the 1800's and was torn down in 1971 to make way for new businesses, according to Blakely.

Jim Thomas remembers growing up and seeing the original house. "It was beautiful", he exclaimed.

Thomas adds, "I love it! It's a real accurate painting I've got a picture of the house at my home."

While other residents don't remember the home, the hope the mural continues to tell the story of Pelham.

Tonya Johnson says, "I hope it brings remembrance of the actual building even though I was too young to remember it but from my understanding, from the things I've heard about it the stories I've heard about it was a really nice building."

As for the city, they hope the mural instills a sense of pride in their citizens and serves as a tourist attraction.

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