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New Lewis & Clark Mural

The amazing expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, with their trusty dog Seaman, native American Sacagawea, and African American York, will be displayed in a new mural crafted by international mural artist Kyle Holbrook on a building in downtown Steubenville this summer.

Holbrook, a resident of Pittsburgh, has created murals in 43 countries and 49 states, with a particular emphasis on positively influencing the social environment. The artist took time to do extensive research on the Corps of Discovery, noting that the Lewis and Clark Expedition holds significance for various diverse populations such as Native Americans, African Americans, and veterans. The expedition, which took place from 1803 to 1806, was an important chapter in American history and had a huge impact.

Historic Fort Steuben is part of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail under the auspices of the National Park Service. Meriwether Lewis had to stop in the small town of Steubenville on his way down the Ohio River to meet Clark in Indiana. As a result, Steubenville is included in Lewis’ journals. There is an extensive display in the Fort Steuben Visitor Center on the expedition, with activity booklets for youngsters who want to participate in the NPS Junior Ranger Program.

A unique aspect of this project is that the artist wants community participation in painting the mural. Seniors, youth groups, and art clubs have been invited to help in its execution between June 24 and July 19.

An initial meeting with the artist will be held on Monday, May 13, at noon at the Fort Steuben Visitor Center, 120 S. 3rd Street in Steubenville. Everyone who would like to be part of this endeavor is invited to attend, meet the artist, and learn more about the project.

For more information, call 740-283-1787

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