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Missouri S&T will officially dedicate the “Rolla Mural,” a work of art that depicts more than 100 years of local history, during a public ceremony at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, on the second floor of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library.
The Rolla Mural, a 5-by-22-foot painting by Sidney Larson, now hangs on the second floor of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library. The mural depicts the history of Rolla from 1844 to the 1950s and features historical figures and buildings. Commissioned by the late local newspaper publishers Edward and Alma Sowers, the piece was unveiled in 1953.
It hung in the Sowers Building, home to The Rolla Daily News, until it was donated by the Sowers family to the university in 2016. In January 2018, the piece was moved into its current location, where local artist and Rolla native Dan Woodward completed restoration work.