Anderson School will close at the end of current school year. It will be a sad day indeed for the community and all who have been associated with it for the past 90 years.
|Front view of the old Anderson Elementary School|
Credit: Florence-Lauderdale Library digital archives
I attended elementary school in the white building, but some years later it was deemed a fire hazard, demolished, and all grades consolidated in the brick building and an auxiliary building built alongside it. I don’t have a photo of the brick building as it looked when constructed.
In the school's auditorium, at the rear of the stage, was a mural that most of the time was rolled up. But on certain occasions it was unfurled and even back then, we were amazed because it was so “old.” My mother certainly remembered it from her school days.
At the present time the mural is being displayed on a side wall in the auditorium. Not knowing what the future holds for the structure, let alone the mural, I visited a few days ago to get some photos.
|The artist is unknown, as it is not signed!|
|The history of the mural also is unknown, insofar as I've been able to determine. School officials don't know, and unless someone in the community can provide documentation, I suppose it will remain a mystery.|
|The painting consists of ads" for local businesses. Did the school sell ads to fund the painting? To raise money for the new school?|
|All of these businesses are "long gone," but my mother remembers them all. Only a few remained by the time I came along.|
I am rather amazed the painting has held up so well all these years. The canvas shows no sign of deterioration, nor does the paint. I only hope this historic mural finds a home when the school closes.
If anyone locally reads this, and can provide any information about the mural, please let me know!