OS community center work wrapping up

Published 2:19 pm Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Interior work will begin in November at the historic Ocean Springs Community Center and will include the restoration of murals created by the late Walter Anderson.

The work is scheduled to be completed in May.

The community center has been listed as a Mississippi Landmark since 1990. It was built in 1950 and painted by Anderson in 1951.

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Anderson designed the 2,500-square-foot murals to represent the history of Ocean Springs, depicting the Native American culture and the landing of the French explorers in 1699.

Officials say the murals are now valued at nearly $30 million.

The three-year renovation project has been funded by nearly $500,000 in grants.