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Dedication for Historic Mural Restoration in Downtown Boone Post Office Set For Oct. 26

An image of the mural. Photo by Jesse Wood
Note that this image was taken in 2013 and isn’t the restored version. Photo by Jesse Wood

By Jesse Wood

The Town of Boone and the Daniel Boone Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is celebrating the restoration of the historic mural in the Downtown Boone Post Office on Monday, Oct. 26, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

The mural restoration is the “finishing touch” of the project to renovate the Downtown Boone Post Office, according to architect Randy Jones in a prior article in High Country Press.

In November 2013, the Boone Town Council hired Raleigh-based conservationist David Goist to preserve Alan Tompkins mural titled “Daniel Boone on a Hunting Trip in Watauga County” for $8,610.

This mural originated as part of a national 1939 contest sponsored by the WPA and the Treasury Department, according to research by Eric Plaag that was published in the December 2013 High Country Magazine.

Has Plaag noted, the original mural, which featured “a couple of hungry-looking tobacco growers in a low-land field” was “cloaked in controversy,” so much so that the local and federal officials brought Tompkins back to Boone to create a painting that was more representative of Boone. In the end, he created the painting depicting the frontiersman on a hunting trip.