Miss Mississippi pageant mural approved

Published 4:42 am Sunday, November 18, 2007

A mural recognizing the Miss Mississippi pageant and it longtime ties to Vicksburg will be placed at the City Front.

It will be the 25th mural to be placed on panels of the concrete floodwall at City Front.

Bill Seratt, director of the tourism agency, suggested that $8,300 inherited from the Riverfront Park Development committee and left sitting in an account for about 10 years be matched to make up the $16,500 cost to paint the newest in the line of murals painted by Louisiana mural artist Robert Dafford.

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A past VCVB board collected the money and never used it, said board chairman Nelda Sampey. She said the Miss Mississippi organization has approved a design.

“It’s prepped and ready to go,” she said. “All they need is a sponsor.”

Seratt said the mural will be unveiled the week that kicks off the pageant, which will be televised June 28.

Nellie Caldwell, Vicksburg Riverfront Mural Committee chairman, said 22 murals have been unveiled and two others are expected to be completed before the pageant work is unveiled.

The two expected before the pageant are one dedicated to the city’s founder, Newit Vick, and one for “Gold in the Hills,” the Vicksburg Theatre Guild’s long-running melodrama.