DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Corey Barksdale put the finishing touches on a mural of Martin Luther King Jr. in Dublin on Wednesday.
The bright, colorful mural is located next to First African Baptist Church, where a 15-year-old MLK gave his first public speech in 1944.
“For me to be a member of this very church that he spoke to before he became a famous person, it is wonderful,” First African Baptist Church member Brenda Davis Pauldo said. “Words cannot describe how I feel about that.”
It took the muralist Barksdale a remarkable three days to finish the mural that stands 10-feet tall.
“The best part for me is actually the finished piece,” Barksdale said. “Seeing something that is so monumental or massive.”
Dublin received a federal grant worth $5,000 to construct the mural, which the cities’ director of tourism says will have a lasting impact.
“This is not just Dublin’s project, this is a humankind project. This is to commemorate the spirit of a man who changed the world,” Rebecca McWilliam, Director of Tourism for Visit Dublin said.
The mural is hard to miss with its vibrant colors. It can be found at the corner of Telfair Street and Church Street.