Murals in Dothan

A Self-Guided tour of the “Murals of The Wiregrass”

Take a leisurely stroll through historic downtown Dothan and experience Alabama’s Mural City. Starting at the Wiregrass Museum of Art on Museum Ave., make your way through downtown with this self-guided tour and map. There are plenty of opportunities to stop for lunch or do a little shopping mid-tour. Whether you walk or drive, you’re sure to be impressed by our beautiful public art project.

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Camp Recovery

Camp Recovery Mural

This mural is dedicated to the recuperation area for soldiers taken ill. Camp Recovery was set up on a high bluff overlooking the river three miles southeast of Fort Scott.

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Cherry Street A.M.E. Church

Cherry Street Mural

Cherry Street AME has a unique place in the history of the Wiregrass Region and in the State of Alabama. It was founded in the 1860’s as The Colored Methodist Church. It is the oldest African Methodist Episcopal Church in Alabama.

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Chief Eufaula – Creek Indian Removal

Chief Eufaula Mural

This mural depicts Chief Eufaula as he looked in 1836, as he spoke his farewell words to the Alabama Legislature, before leading the last of the lower Creeks to the reservation of Oklahoma.

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DeSoto’s Journey Throughout the Wiregrass Region

Desoto Mural

This mural commemorates the journey of Hernando DeSoto and his exploration party as they traveled from the Gulf of Mexico, north through Georgia touching on the edge of the Wiregrass Region east of the Chattahoochee River.

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Dothan Opera House – Dothan’s Hidden Mural

Dothan Opera House Mural

This mural was actually painted on the backdrop of the stage to the Dothan Opera House. The Mural portrays early stage plays in Dothan. Unfortunately, the Dothan Opera House is only open for performances, which is why this mural is nick-named the “Hidden Mural.

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Dothan Riot

Dothan Riot Mural

In October of 1889, just after Dothan was incorporated, a riot erupted at the public well and bell-tower over a tax levied on commercial drays traveling city streets.

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Early Commerce (Railroad, Logging, Turpentine, and King Cotton)

Early Commerce Railroad Mural

This mural depicts the early involvement of the railroad and Wiregrass industries of logging, turpentine and cotton. This mural is considered the largest, and counts as 4 different murals.

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Fort Rucker

Fort Rucker Mural

This mural commemorates the Fort Rucker Army Base. The installation was originally named Camp Rucker and its primary mission was to train soldiers in the use of heavy weapons, pilots to fly small reconnaissance and artillery spotting planes, and nurses for overseas duty.

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Fort Scott

Fort Scott Mural

A crucial factor to the settlement of the Wiregrass area was safety. Until the construction of Fort Scott, erected on the banks of the nearby Flint River, settlers steered clear of the Creeks and Red Sticks who roamed the area. This mural is a fitting testament to hard work, dedication and progress.

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Johnny Mack Brown

Johnny Mack Brown Mural

Once recognized throughout the world by millions of youngsters and grown-up as the cowboy hero who always triumphed over gun-slinging villains.

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Mules in the Wiregrass

Mules in the Wiregrass Mural

Mules were introduced to the area in the late 1800’s quickly replacing horses and oxen in the fields and woods. While considered stubborn and meaner than horses and oxen, mules played an important part in the growth of farms and the logging industry in the Wiregrass Region.

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Salute to the Peanut Industry

Dothan Peanut Mural

Because of its significance to the entire Wiregrass region, the peanut was selected as the subject of the first mural commissioned and features Dr. George Washington Carver and the National Peanut Festival.

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The Abduction of Elizabeth Steward Dill

Elizabeth Dill Mural

This dynamic mural shows a Creek Indian attack on a supply boat and the subsequent abduction of Elizabeth Stewart Dill, the future wife of a local military officer.

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The Steamboat Era

The Steamboat Era Mural

This mural pays homage to one of the Wiregrass’s prominent forms of transportation in the 1800’s—the steamboat. Along with freight hauling, some boats did a booming vacation business. Many boats such as the John W. Callahan, owned by Mr. Callahan, had their vessels outfitted to offer the best amenities available for their passengers.

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Tribute to Sherman Rose & the Tuskegee Airmen

Tuskegee Airmen Mural

This mural pays tribute to the ten black students who were the first class in the Civilian Pilot Training Program at the Tuskegee Institute in 1939. Sherman Rose became the only black flight instructor at Fort Rucker, a position he served until 1974.

Wiregrass Music

Wiregrass Music Mural

Visit the latest mural on the tour! This mural is the first in a series of murals honoring people that lived in the Wiregrass area that found success in the music industry. This mural features contemporary writers and artists: Ray Charles, Dean Daughtry, Buddy Buie, David and John Rainey Adkins, and many more!

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Women of the Wiregrass

Women of the Wiregrass Mural

This mural is a tribute to the timeless qualities and characteristics of the women in the history of Dothan and the Wiregrass. It is to honor the women who helped mold this city into the unique place that has come to be known as the “Wiregrass.”

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