Four Historic Murals Installed in Downtown Louisville

Just in time for this year’s Constitution Parade, four murals by artist Tommy Morgan were installed in downtown Louisville last week. Each mural celebrates a different moment in the city’s history: 1) the first grist mill in 1807, 2) the brick-making industry of the 1800’s, 3) an 1881 river baptism, and 4) the 1903 streetcars. The murals are part of 20/20 Vision Louisville, an economic development project of ArtsinStark, the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Louisville to transform three blocks on East Main Street downtown into “Constitution Place.”

Tommy Morgan is a professional artist from Stark County with many public art projects locally and nationally. “We asked Tommy to create paintings that would capture four Louisville historical moments,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins. Four local building owners were approached for permission to mount the banner murals on their buildings for the next two years. Cynthia Kerchner of Kerchner’s, Ashley McCauley of Rae’s Jewelry, Tom Edwards of the Insurance Center, and Steve Coon of the Fitness Center all agreed. “Then we had the paintings blown up and printed on large banners and asked Coon Restoration to help us put them up,” says Hankins. “Somehow it all came together and we got them done in time for the big parade.”