The recently completed mural of Eddie Kendricks.

The recently completed mural of Eddie Kendricks.

The Tourism Council of Bullock County will hold a dedication ceremony on Wednesday, October 9, at 10:30 a.m. for three recently completed outdoor murals adding to their Murals on Main project in downtown Union Springs.

The ceremony will begin at the Hank Williams mural and will then move to the Eddie Kendricks mural. Governor Kay Ivey and other elected officials will be in attendance as well as local leaders and school children. The public is invited to attend.

The artwork depicts two musicians whose music made a lasting impact in the area and state and a photo op design celebrating highlights of Bullock County. The Hank Williams mural, located at the corner of Hardaway Ave. W. and N. Prairie St., highlights a locally famous photo when Hank played at the grand opening of the 1948 opening of the Western Auto in downtown Union Springs. The mural located at the corner of Conecuh Ave. E. and N. Prairie St. honors the life and music of Union Springs native Eddie Kendricks.

Kendricks was the first lead tenor of The Temptations and also released two #1 R&B singles as a solo artist. The Welcome to Union Springs Mural, located at the corner of Hardaway Ave E. and N. Prairie St., highlights the Red Door Theatre, Bonnie Plants and the Bird Dog Monument.

The murals are painted by nationally famous muralist Wes Hardin. Hardin previously painted the train depot mural and the field trial mural in Union Springs and over 50 other murals; many in the southeast Alabama towns of Dothan, Andalusia, and Enterprise. But he is not limited to our state—he has painted murals in Florida, Georgia, Virginia and Michigan.

The Tourism Council of Bullock County received support for Murals on Main from the Alabama Bicentennial Commission and the Alabama Tourism Department. The project depicts artistic reflections of local landmarks and events, both past and present.

The Tourism Council's Annual Meeting and Luncheon will be the next day, Thursday, Oct. 10 at 11:45 at the First United Methodist Church. The meeting will also celebrate the murals and will feature Artist Wes Hardin and Tourism and Community Development Project Manager Candace Johnson as speakers. Call 334-738-8687 to make a reservation or for more information.

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