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World War I Mural Rededicated

World War I Memorial

The 90-year-old mural commemorating the troops who served during World War I was rededicated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, in the second-floor lobby of the Historic Washington County Courthouse.

In 1920, the Marion Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution contracted with William Steene, a New York artist who had finished a similar project in Tulsa, to paint a mural to commemorate the sacrifice of those from Washington County who had died while serving the United States during World War I.

Steene painted a mural on canvas 8 feet tall and 36 feet wide. Unveiled at the Ozark Theater next door, the mural was soon afterward installed in the courthouse. At the center is Angel of Victory holding tablets with the names of those who died in World War I.

Since installation of the mural, the Marion Chapter has continued to show its devotion to the mural by paying for restoration and cleaning of the painting, once in 1976 as part of the celebration of the nation's bicentennial and a second time during the summer of 2010 in preparation for reopening of the courthouse.

Rick Parker, the owner and senior conservator for Parker Conservation Inc. of Gentry, performed the most recent cleaning. Parker's company specializes in analysis and treatment of historical paintings, furniture and architecture.

Article by Charles Y. Alison

Last updated: 1/25/2012 9:55:39 AM