Organization to pay for Bay St. Louis mural restoration

Organization to pay for Bay St. Louis mural restoration

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - The mural on the back of the Hancock Bank building in downtown Bay St. Louis is a step closer to getting the restoration work it badly needs. The Patty Bannister Foundation has agreed to fund the hiring of a firm that will come up with a restoration plan for the mural.

"The Promenade," as the mural is called, traces the history of Bay St. Louis from the 1600s to now. The mural was originally painted on the building by artist John McDonald in 1997. It sustained extensive damage during Hurricane Katrina and other storms.

"It's lost some of it's sheen, some of it's glory. It didn't have the vibrant colors anymore," said Tim Kellar, with the restoration committee. "The water has come up on it, faded the colors and this is an opportunity, thanks to the Patty Bannister Foundation, to start this process."

The Mississippi Arts Commission supplied a grant to McDonald to paint the well-known mural 18 years ago.

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