Lake Claire Native Waters Mural Dedication on April 22, 2007
Pictures -by Jack Yeazel ° Commentary -by Kathy Evans
Return to Lake Claire Community ECD Mural Project (HERE)

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A walk along the 343-foot long mural on Dekalb Avenue in East Atlanta from west to east.
To the left are depicted rivers flowing to the Gulf of Mexico: Chattahoochee, Flint, and Apalachicola (north of the site.)
To the right are depicted rivers flowing to the Atlantic Ocean: Oconee, Ocmulgee, and Altamaha (south of the site.)
The center of the mural represents nearby communities on the Eastern Sub-Continental Divide, the site of the mural,
Lake Claire, Candler Park, Edgewood, and Kirkwood where the Divide (rarely) runs east and west.

Along with accurate depictions of native flora and fauna you would encounter along waterways between Atlanta and the Gulf and Atlanta and the Atlantic, a number of people are represented in the mural.  Community members were used as models for some of the people depicted.  People in the mural include (from left to right):  Tom Lantz, mural volunteer, represented as oyster man in Apalachicola Bay; historic image of Horace King, a master bridge builder who triumphed over slavery, became a successful businessman, builder of first covered bridge connecting Alabama and Georgia over the Chattahoochee River, and a legislator in Alabama during Reconstruction.

Dan White and Sarah Wynn, Lake Claire residents and supporters of the mural, are pictured in canoe on the Flint River; Phyllis Webb, avid cyclist, pictured  on river trail by Columbus; Margaret Kavanaugh, "golden paintbrush" core volunteer painter on mural, also pictured on river trail; Jackie Echols, former Atlanta Tree Commissioner and Director of Clean Streams, pictured by a small fountain.

Mark Sanger, long-time Land Trust volunteer in in the canoe front; Nabil Hammam, owner, Hammerhead Construction, which installed mural cut-outs, canoe rear; Brooks Howard, raffle winner at mural fundraiser, pictured reading under tree (but hidden behind the World Ball and a speaker);  Jelan Kendrick, mural volunteer, in front of canoe; Woody Hickcox, "golden paintbrush" volunteer mural painter, in rear of canoe; Barbara Kawulich, college instructor of Ocmulgee heritage who modeled for image of Ocmulgee woman;  Logan Casey in salt marsh, son of mural organizer, Kathy Evans.


Poster board showing the ECD, as it divides the rivers in Georgia, and the many contributors to the project.
For more information on the Eastern Continental Divide and its connection to the Battle of Atlanta, see (HERE).

Punch Ball
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Before the ceremonies, the 'children' get to toss the "World Ball". (After all, it's World Day)

Here Comes the Seed and Feed Marching Abominable (Band)
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 Named after Kelly's Seed & Feed Theatre, at the corner of Pryor and Garnett Streets, founded in 1973, and opened that fall.   xxxxx  wanted the Theatre to have a band, so an ad was put in the paper calling for players.  Most of the players turned out to be people already attached to the theatre as performers, but the band also attracted some new folks who played for years and some of whom became actors too.

On a spring night in 1974, the Seed & Feed Marching Abominable made its first public appearance, through the theatre, bursting into the lobby, and through the big loading door.  No uniforms, no majorettes, just led by a high-stepping guy with a broom.  And the rest is history.
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Sometimes the band "runs out of steam" and they fall to the ground until the crowd coaxes them up again, and they march on.

The Dedication Ceremony
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Dan White, former President Lake Claire Neighbors, Kathy Evans, President, Lake Claire Neighbors, and Mistress of Ceremonies, McKenzie Wren, talk about the mural and its depiction of the watersheds at the Eastern SubContinental Divide.  They  recognize muralist, David Fichter (center in painted tux), and the scores of volunteers who helped paint.


A gentleman and his Canine Assistants dog