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New Plaques Designate Mardi Gras Park Sculptures


January 10, 2018

Mobile, Ala. -- Visitors will now know Mobile's diverse history when they visit Mardi Gras Park.

Six of the sculptures on display in Mardi Gras Park have now received plaques to designate their identity. Five of the 6 were designed by Mobile artist Julian Rayford and originally stood in Mobile County's 1958 courthouse. They each represent a Native American, a Frenchman, a Brit, a Spaniard, and an early American. When the building was demolished, the figures were for a time lost.

Thanks to the efforts of the late Nick Holmes, these amazing works have returned and have been reinstated close to their original home. They are now joined by a sixth figure designed by Mobile Sculptor Casey Downing that depicts an African American.

"These statues symbolize our rich history and our bright future, and I encourage you to visit them in their new home," said Mayor Stimpson.