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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Salisbury in Rowan County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Crossroads: Past Into Present

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Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), June 19, 2021
1. Crossroads: Past Into Present Marker
This mural depicts Salisbury at the turn of the 20th century. Local artist Cynvia Arthur Rankin completed the 127' × 48.5' mural over three years. The mural was dedicated on November 30, 1980. One hundred forty-one local citizens in period costumes populate the artwork. Many are members of the Rowan Art Guild, Inc., originator and sponsor of the mural. Landmark 19th century buildings, the original fountain at the square, and trolley lines serve as a backdrop. One of the largest outdoor murals in the country, it was painted with latex enamel and sealed with a plastic shield. Every few years the painting is refurbished; and new townspeople are often added. The mural is copyrighted and protected by The Mural Preservation, Inc.

Contributions for the ongoing maintenance and preservation of this landmark are welcome and may be sent to The Mural Preservation, Inc., at P.O. Box 2481, Salisbury, NC 28145.

The Mural As History
Buildings 🔵
A. Cyrus West Building - 1839
B. Meroney Theater - 1905
C. Bell Tower ofo 1892 First Presbyterian Church
D. McNeely-Young Building - 1858
E. Confederate

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2. Crossroads: Past Into Present
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Monument dedicated May 10, 1909
F. Bell Block - 1898
G. Federal Building - U.S. Post Office - 1911
H. Grubb-Wallace Building (The Plaza) - 1912
I. Mansion House - 1822
J. Fountain on the Square - 1888-1905 (Replica at Robertson Gateeway Park)
K. Kluttz's Drug Store - circa 1858-1859
L. Overman Building - Smith Drugs - 1890
M. Boyden House- (Empire Hotel) - 1855
N. First Methodist Church Tower - 1892
O. Washington Building - 1902
P. Hedrick Block - circa 1890
Q. R.W. Norman Furniture - 1900
R. Wachovia Bank - circa 1900
S. 1856 County Courthouse (now Rowan Museum)
T. Street Car Line laid in 1905- removed 1938
U. Clock at the Square (given by Norman Ingle)

People on the Mural ⚪
1. Emily Turner
2. Selena P. Siler
3. The Revend James R. Cress
4. Virginia "Coco" McKenzie Murphy
5. Katharine Weisiger Osborne
6. John Suther
7. Julian Hart Robertson
8. Blanche Spencer Robertson
9. Keneko "Connie" Okada McNeill
10. Norman Ingle
11. Janie Bonds Allen
12. Harry Mark Arthur
13. April Gail Arthur
14. Jason Mark Arthur
15. Lynda Snipes
16. Billy Ray Snipes
17. Brent Snipes
18. James Shober Brawley
19. Loyd E. Hill
20. Marvette Pratt Aldrich
21. Cherie Dawn Aldrich
22. Craig A. Aldrich

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Richard L. Eller
24. Edward Michael Murphy
25. James Allan Dunn, Jr.
26. Lena McCathern Blount
27. Harry A. Blount, Jr.
28. John R. Harlege
29. Francis M. Luther
30. Lucile "Judy" Proctor Norovell
31. Wiley Immanuel Lash
32. H.E. LeGrand
33. Raymond H. Hayworth, Jr.
34. Carl B. Morgan
35. Audrey Madans
36. Jerome Madans
37. Elizabeth Brandon Bram
38. Joseph D. Linn
39. Berthe Michel
40. Paul G. Isenberg
41. Judith Banister
42. Dr. Edward B. McKenzie
43. Garland Gaither
44. Laura Simons Newman
45. James F. Kluttz
46. Thomasene "Tomie" Cates Troxler
47. Tom Harrell
48. Sylvia Wiseman
49. Stella Isenberg
50. Louise "Lou" Paine Clement Murphy
51. R.O. Everett
52. Charles David Taylor, III
53. Charles David Taylor
54. Glenn D. Freeman
55. Ozell K. Freeman
56. Paul Garrett
57. Virginia Shaver Wallace
58. J.H. Knox
59. Patricia Weinhold
60. Donald L. Weinhold, Jr.
61. Alma Ruth Arthur
62. Lena Ham Arthurs
63. Colonel John S. Cadwallader
64. Ave Cadwallader
65. Verna Bragg
66. Edward Henry Clement
67. Ida Hauser Duncan
68. Kaye Brown Hirst
69. William Michael Hirst
70. Roy P. Shoaf
71. Marshall Stokes, Jr.
72. Hazel Stokes
73. Maria Janine
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74. Harry Wallace Arthur
75. Catharine Blount Arthur
76. Ccynvia Gene Arthur-Rankin (mural designer and conceptual artist)
77. Willa "Billie" Frances Hedrick Johnson
78. Allen Starling Johnson, Jr.
79. Fred Shipton
80. Jeff L. Ritchie
81. Calvin B. Helms
82. Robert Cowan
83. Troy Brawley
84. James Alfred Mesimer
85. Charles Smith
86. Hubert "Red" L. Michaels
87. John Bell
88. Karl "Andy" Anderson Arthur
89. Helen Ashley Arthur
90. Brian Scott Arthur
91. Laura Allen Bowler
92. Michele Tisch
93. Janice Fuller
94. James Michael Fuller
95. Megan Teresa Fuller Matthews
96. Alison Deidre Fuller
97. Edward "Chip" C. Allen
98. Ellen Goodnight Isaacs
99. Laura Allen Bowler
100. Jo Holler
101. Meher Baba
102. Clyde Overcash
103. Elizabeth "Betty" H. Watson
104. Nicole S. Hinson
105. Eva Mae Lefler
106. W. Bruce Leftler
107. Edward M. Post
108. Rose Zimmerman Post
109. Sue Palmer Fisher
110. Paul Edward Fisher
111. Ralph W. Ketner
112. George Knox
113. Elmer "Sonny" L. Allen, Jr.
114. Haley Ellen Bowler
115. Clair Julia Allen
116. Angela Davis Allen
117. James Franklin Hurley, III
118. Geraldine "Gerry" Trammell Hurley
119. Margaret Harry Kluttz
120. George Fisher Kluttz
121. Fannie Butler
122. David Joseph Butler
123. N.A. Trexler
124. Paul Leake Bernhardt
125. Martha Barnhardt Arthur
126. Elizabeth Grace Taylor
127. Hannah Taylor
128. Phyllis Branch Zimmerman
129. Leon Zimmerman
130. Darrell Hancock
131. Charles A. Hoffman
132. Edward A. Hirst, Sr.
133. Wilburn T. Taylor
134. Joe T. Taylor, Jr.
135. Diane Dillon Hooper
136. Diane Monday (contributing artist)
137. Kevin Zorn
138. Earle Kluttz Thompson (contributing artist)
139. Edward P. Norvell
140. Susan Linn Norvell
141. Melanie Tische

Erected by City of Salisbury, North Carolina.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicNotable BuildingsNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is November 30, 1980.
Location. 35° 40.022′ N, 80° 28.293′ W. Marker is in Salisbury, North Carolina, in Rowan County. Marker is on West Fisher Street just north of South Main Street (U.S. 29/70), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 117 W Fisher St, Salisbury NC 28144, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cotton Mills Corner (within shouting distance of this marker); Salisbury Cotton Mills (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew Jackson (within shouting distance of this marker); Macay Law Office (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Travelers' Club (about 300 feet away); Meroney’s Theatre (about 300 feet away); Town Well (about 400 feet away); City of Salisbury (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salisbury.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 23, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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