September 20, 2013

Historical Mural in Dillsboro NC Unveiled

October 5, 10 AM - The town of Dillsboro NC proudly unveils its new historical mural by local artist Doreyl Ammons Cain at the Annual Colorfest: Art and Taste of Appalachia.  The mural, named "On Hallowed Ground", will be placed between the Jarrett House and the Christmas Shop on Haywood Street in downtown Dillsboro NC.

The Mural story is based on the unusual founding of Dillsboro NC. With little written history,  research was a challenge for mural artist Doreyl Ammons Cain. Beginning in December 2012 with the help of George Frizzell, Head of Special Collections at the Hunter Library at Western Carolina University; Tyler B. Howe, Eastern Band of Cherokee Tribal Historic Preservation Specialist and Amy Ammons Garza, Co-Founder of Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, the story was pieced together. Like most NC mountain towns, the combination of determined pioneer spirit, the railroad and the native peoples - in this case the Eastern Band of the Cherokee - all made significant contributions to what is now Dillsboro NC.

The unveiling of "On Hallowed Ground" will open ColorFest, Art & Taste of Appalachia. Eastern Band of Cherokee Principle Chief Michel Hicks will be on hand to officially unveil the mural.  Storyteller Freeman Owl will share stories about Chief Nimrod Jarrett Smith and Doreyl Ammons Cain will describe the process of her mural creation. " This mural, On Hallowed Ground,  truly reflects the spirit of Appalachia as one of creativity and courage!" says artist Cain.

For more details about the mural visit the artist's Blog at:

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