City preparing to replace faded mural

Published 9:41 am Sunday, June 14, 2015

City officials said the mural on Willis Avenue is due for a replacement.

The mural is a depiction of the City of Bogalusa’s history through the years. It is faded from the sun, and many of its depictions are difficult to make out as cars pass by.

“The mural is going to be changed. We’re going to put a primer coat of paint on the whole mural and put one big Bogalusa logo on it,” Bogalusa Director of Public Works James Hall said. “We’re not sure what kind of logo to put on it, but we’re thinking Bogalusa’s 100-year Centennial logo could be it.”

Hall said work on the mural could possibly begin sometime around the Fourth of July.

The current mural has been there since 2001. The Washington Economic Development Foundation commissioned current Code Enforcement Officer Rodney McGehee to do the mural in association with the city’s Sesquicentennial Celebration in 1989, when he painted the first mural.

“That mural from 2001 is faded, so it’s time to do something else,” McGehee said.

Hall said he has heard different views on what to do with the mural.

“Several people have said they don’t want it covered. We don’t have the money to redo what is there,” Hall said.

Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette agreed.

“We don’t have the money in the budget but (we have) money left over from the Centennial Fund. It costs a lot of money to restore the mural to its original shape,” Perrette said.