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Susan Anderson in front of Market Street Mural, 1999
Susan Anderson portrays "Lilah" in the "Portraits in Time" living history drama, in front of the Market House mural, 1999. Photo courtesy of City Paducah Parks Department

Paducah Parks Department: Festival of Murals

This annual event is centered around a living history drama performed in front of the murals decorating the city's flood wall. The 20 murals themselves,the work of artist Robert Dafford, are a rich legacy, painted to represent different periods of Paducah's history and providing the finishing touch to the extensive riverfront restoration of the early 90s. Held since 1997, each dramatization brings to life figures from Kentucky's history as they step out from the murals. Other events such as a band concert and fireworks enliven the festival. It is documented in historical text, photographs, news clippings, brochures, and a videotape from the 1999 festival titled Portraits in Time III. 

Originally submitted by: Ed Whitfield, Representative (1st District).



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