St. Mary's Bank's mural finds a new home at genealogy society
The work depicts Samuel de Champlain's contact with Native Americans and early settlers on the banks of the Merrimack River. Its text is French, reflecting the cultural heritage of the credit union's largely French-speaking West Side community.
St. Mary's Bank ended up donating the mural to the Manchester Historic Association, said Aurore Eaton, executive director of the historic association. But the historic association lacked a space to display the 18-foot-long, 5-foot-high mural.
The mural was designed by architect Sherman H. Jones in 1969 to decorate the lobby of the new St. Mary's Bank building. We do not know the name of the artist who actually fabricated the piece.
Eaton said the depictions are made of fiberglass, which is pushed out like a bas-relief sculpture. Sevard said a few maps of Quebec were removed to make way for the mural. It has become the focal point of the room that mostly contains books and computer databases, he said.
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