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Telling Tree Murals of Stone County, The

The Telling Trees murals tell stories of people, of place and of time. The murals tell tales of Stone County and celebrate history through the arts. "Ole Diz" tells of the life of Dizzy Dean, Dizzy Dean Welcome Center, Hwy. 49, Wiggins. "Sunset through the Longleaf" (Mosaic, tile mural) Blaylock Park, Pine Avenue. "Red Creek" (Mosaic, tile mural) Blaylock Park, Second Street, Wiggins. "Pickle Mural" Blaylock Park, "Timber Tough Mural", Blaylock Park, Wiggins. "Eco-system of Stone County", "Red Creek Watershed" & "Locker High", Stone Middle School, Hwy. 26, Wiggins. "Celebrating our Communities," Stone Elementary, Hwy. 26, Wiggins. "The History of Perkinston", "A-Z & U (You!)" (Alphabet mural) Perkinston, MS-2nd St., Perkinston. "Water...Bogs, Creeks, and the Reservoir", Stone High School, 400 E. Border Ave., Wiggins. "MS Gulf Coast Community College", Student Center, MGCCC Campus, Perkinston. "The Eagle"

The Stories

A series of monuments are on display around Stone County. They're murals made out of mosaic tiles. As a matter of fact, Stone County has been designated as Mississippi's Mural County because these unique creations tell stories about the area's rich history...

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Credit to: David Elliott, News West 9

The Telling Trees realized early that the stories must be told even if the “teller could not be there” to personally share the story.

From this realization evolved The Murals of Stone County. The murals celebrate the people of Stone County: who they are, where they live, and the culture, industry, and habitat that are Stone County’s foundation. They celebrate the p’s of Stone County – people, pickles, paper, pine, paper, poles, pecans, paper chips, pellets, and pottery. They tell how the virgin pine forests of the area were and are the life blood of the Stone County economy (the source of turpentine, paper chips and wood pellets, poles, and lumber) and of when Wiggins was home to the largest pickle factory in the world! To date twenty-six murals are complete, an additional one planned honoring Stone County’s veterans is funded, and others are yet in the planning phase...

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Credit to: Stone County Arts Council

Effective May 1, 2012, via Senate Resolution 643, the 2012 Mississippi Legislature declared that Stone County is Mississippi’s Mural County. Sunset Through the Longleaf Pines was the first mural erected and can be found in Blaylock Park. Since then over twenty mosaic tile and painted murals have been erected in the County with more in the planning stages. The murals evolved through The Telling Trees, a project to capture and present the stories of Stone County through the arts.

Credit to: The Old Firehouse Museum, Wiggins

Check out this PDF to learn more about the Telling Trees murals.

Credit to: Stone County Arts Council

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