Freedom of Worship mural needs support

December 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community
The original Freedom of Worship mural, demolished when the old Masonic Lodge came down, is being repainted for installation in Silverton this spring.

The original Freedom of Worship mural, demolished when the old Masonic Lodge came down, is being re-created for installation in Silverton this spring.

Work has begun on the final mural recreating artist Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms.

Silverton Mural Society Vice President Vince Till said three of the murals – Freedom of Speech, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear – are complete and on display on the Seven Brides building on First Street.

Muralist Tonya Smithburg starts work on Freedom of Worship this month.

“In order to complete the Freedom of Worship, we need $5,000,” Till wrote in a donation letter. “We hope you can help the mural society in completing this project of America’s Greatess Generation of World War II.”

Reflecting on the holiday season and what is happening in the world today, Till said he believes of all the freedoms, the freedom of religion is the most important.

“The freedom to practice their religion is the reason many people left their countries to come to America,” Till said. “They came here because they were persecuted in their own country’s for practicing their religion.

“The freedom of religion was a starting point in our country’s history,” Till said. “The freedom to worship is not one given to us by our government. God gave us the freedom.”

Till has already planned a celebration for the completion of the murals

“It will be in May after the Pet Parade,” he said. “The Pet Parade starts at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month and we plan to hold the dedication at noon that same day at Seven Brides.”

To make a donation toward the project, send a check to Silverton Mural Society, PO Box 880, Silverton, OR 97381.

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