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Marion is the newest member of the Appalachian Mural Trail

The Marion Mural Trail

Marion is the newest member of the Appalachian Mural Trail.

The eye-catching art follows the Blue Ridge Parkway through North Carolina and Virginia.

The town hopes to enhance the visitor's experience.

“When folks come here, they understand Marion is all about the music, Marion is about history, Marion is about Sherwood Anderson and the Wagon Wheel and Hungry Mothers State Park and the Lincoln theater," said Community and Economic Development Coordinator, Ken Heath. "We want folks to come here and get just a taste of what we have to offer so they come back and they visit more."

The murals highlight some of those themes.

They include a “Giant Welcome to Marion” postcard, the “Patchwork of Marion” and the “Mayan Mural”.

“We like to have a local emphasis on that and to showcase the different feels of Marion," said Heath. "Different folks visualize what it means to them. It’s been cool for us.”

Each mural in Marion showcases a different landmark in the town.

“I unveiled the original canvas on the stage of the Lincoln Theater in early spring of 2014," said artist Tim White. "And by the fourth day of November, the mural was completed and on the wall. It’s right across the street from the general Francis Marion Hotel.”

Local artist and musician, Tim White created the mural.

He is excited to share his creativity.

“Whether you do artwork or music what you want to do is share," said White. "And when you share your work and when people recognize it, it’s a really good feeling.”

The town looks to add more murals.

“This is just the beginning. We are thinking of new ways to add street art so it’s a pretty cool thing for us,” said Heath.

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