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A new destination stop: Roann officials dedicate new downtown mural

ROANN – A mural painted on the side of the Roann Community Building was dedicated during a brief ceremony on Saturday morning.

The mural – which features the Roann Covered Bridge and Stockdale Mill as if they were giant postcards – was made possible through the work of the Roann Heritage Group and through a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). It was painted by Darcy Dyson, her family and their friends.

“We couldn’t ask for better weather and to be standing in front of a fantastic mural that we have here right now,” Jerry Nelson, Roann Heritage Group co-chair.

Jensen talked about the word dedicate, noting that it can be described as “setting a goal and making it happen.”

“Thanks to so many hard working people, businesses, finances, individuals that gave to our organization that helped us be able to be able to fund this,” he continued. “A special thank you to OCRA, who helped us walk through everything and be able to get a grant and work on it toward that grant and making it successful to that goal.”

In addition to the mural, OCRA also helped fund two new signs for the community.

“That has been a wonderful thing for us, and thank you very much for the opportunity to working with OCRA,” he added. 

“We’re looking forward to working again with OCRA in the future.”

Nelson introduced Dyson, noting, “I remember the first night when they started the project. It was like 10:30 at night, because the sun doesn’t go down early in the summer, and they’re projecting this thing on the wall.

“With long hours, and along with her crew, they spent a lot of time up here.”

Posted on 2020 Oct 20