Grant repays mural investment

In this file photo, Michael Dothery scrubs a mural on the Maysville floodwall in preparation for patching cracks on this panel. Dothery works with the mural’s artist, Robert Dafford. -

Officials with the Department for Local Government recently said an Area Development Fund grant of $1,819.50 was awarded to the City of Maysville.

The grant is reimbursement for the restoration and resealing of one of the city’s floodwall murals. Maysville City Manager said the grant will repay the city for some of its investment in the restoration effort.

The ADF grant will assist with improvements to a mural that depicts the role of tobacco in the community’s agricultural and economic success. It’s one in a series of murals that adorn the floodwall, which collectively tell the story of Maysville’s history.

The tobacco mural and the mid-1800s riverfront scene were refurbished in the summer of 2016.

The initial murals were painted in 1998. The entire series was painted over the course of 10 years with the Rosemary Clooney tribute panels the latest addition.

“Even seemingly small investments like this one can have a huge impact on a community,” DLG Commissioner Sandra K. Dunahoo said. “This mural is a celebration of Maysville’s early history. I’m pleased DLG could be involved with its preservation.”

“Maysville is a river city that’s rich with history,” Sen. Stephen West said. “I’d like to thank DLG for its support of this project, which will help keep the history alive for both residents and visitors.”

“The series of murals on the floodwall serves to educate people, beautify the area and promote tourism in Maysville,” Rep. John Sims Jr. said. “I appreciate DLG’s continued support of communities across the commonwealth.”

The ADF Grant program was established by the 1976 Kentucky General Assembly to fund projects that contribute to community or industrial development. The funds are administered by DLG, an arm of the Office of the Governor dedicated to supporting local officials and communities. For more information, visit kydlgweb.ky.gov.

In this file photo, Michael Dothery scrubs a mural on the Maysville floodwall in preparation for patching cracks on this panel. Dothery works with the mural’s artist, Robert Dafford.
https://maysville-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_floodwallmural-1.jpgIn this file photo, Michael Dothery scrubs a mural on the Maysville floodwall in preparation for patching cracks on this panel. Dothery works with the mural’s artist, Robert Dafford.