Ashford community comes together for a good cause

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ASHFORD, Ala. (WTVY) -- As soon as you drive into downtown Ashford you can see things are starting to change.

An old faded mural overlooking McArthur Park is becoming something fresh.

Ashford students, businesses, and community leaders are working together.

“All of it is to attract business that will attract jobs and continue to improve the quality of life for our town,” Ashford Downtown Redevelopment Authority Chairman Brad Kimbro says.

The mural will be replaced with something new that honors the town's history.

“The painting is a photo of a painting that was taken in 1906 of the Florida Arrow. It ties in the depot with the downtown area and the depot naturally is the landmark for Ashford," C & S Signs owner Charles Sims says.

Sims found the photograph from 1906, resized and recreated it for the mural.

Under the leadership of Mr. Sims, Ashford students volunteered to paint and they are excited to leave their mark on the town’s history.
“It will make us a part of Ashford more than we already are,” student volunteer John Peters says.

“I want to be able to say thirty-forty years from now, be able to drive through Ashford look at that mural and say, 'well me and my buddies had something to do with that,' ” Trace Watson, another student, says.

The other student painters are Adrianna Forehand, Mary Katherine Howell, Press Lawrence, and Dawson Pope.

Some Ashford businesses donated money and others donated supplies to make the mural possible.

The City of Ashford, Kim Vann and Haley Clemmons of the Ashford Chamber of Commerce, John Smith of True Value Hardware and John Summerford of Summerford Trucking and Summerford Pallet provided funds for the mural.

Josh Johnson of Downtown Redevelopment Authority, Haley Clemons, and Ashford High School teacher Paige Pope also helped to make the new mural possible.

The Mural is expected to be complete in about two weeks.

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