Solving The Montgomery History Mystery
Who created the house-sized canvas in city hall?
Montgomery officials are making progress in discovering who created a huge drawing of 1800's Dexter Avenue.
The mural was hidden in the old city auditorium stage area for decades, till a photo of it was discovered, and the city went peering into the rafters and re-discovered it last week. Mayor Todd Strange says they believe the mural of Montgomery's Dexter Avenue shows was a product of the Works Progress Administration, The WPA, a federal agency that funded project ranging from new roads to artwork. It helped move the country out of the depression:
"Everything leads us is that direction says that sometime in the early to mid 1930's, it was a W-P-A project that tapestry was in fact painted and somehow it made its way as a curtain to the stage in the 1937 36 time frame"
The original lithograph was created by an artist in the years leading up to the civil war...it was used on the cover of a magazine in 1857. and an as yet unknown artist used it to create the giant backdrop. the next step for the researchers is to figure out who that 1930's W-P-A artist was, and they're bringing in a prominent art curator next week to help them do just that.