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The Wreck of the Old 97 mural as seen from the JITI Fountain, a Virginia historic site representing the seven blocks of the Tobacco Warehouse District.

DANVILLE, Va. — Have you been downtown recently? If you have, you've probably noticed three conspicuous displays of public art, each depicting Danville's storied past to be regarded by tourists and Danville area natives alike.

This trilogy of murals, born from the River District Association's (RDA) now-defunct Historic Murals Program, offers three major contributions to the City of Danville.

According to the RDA, the murals fill a void for easily accessible public art in the community, they stimulate economic development in the Historic Districts by attracting tourists to Danville to view the murals, and they provide a panoramic history lesson to tell Danville’s stories with sensitivity and respect, while fostering a sense of pride in the community.

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The tobacco market mural commemorates the history of Danville as the epicentre of the tobacco trading industry.

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The transportation mural is aptly located adjacent to the Danville Transit hub.

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These faces are just a small piece of the transportation mural, located on North Union Street in downtown Danville.

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