Legend of the Singing River
Lorin Thompson painted this oil on canvas mural, entitled “Legend of the Singing River,” in 1939 with funds provided by the Treasury Section of Fine Arts. “The mural was damaged in 2005 by Hurrican Katrina. The post office was later demolished and the mural is currently in storage at the Moss Point PO. It is hoped to have it installed in the newly opened Pascagoula PO on Jackson Street within the year.” (newdealartregistry.org)
As of 2017, the mural was hung in the new post office.
The “Legend of the Singing River” is “a love story in which it is told that the tribe of Pascagoula drowned themselves in the river to save two lovers from the fierce Biloxi Indians.
“It has been said that the river sang when conditions were right, though in recent decades the phenomenon seems not to occur.
“The wall mural was painted in 1939 by Lorin Thompson (1911-97), who later became famous for creating and illustrating Ranger Rick for the National Wildlife Federation’s children’s magazine ‘Ranger Rick.'” (gulflive.com)
Originally posted in the New Deal Art Registry: http://www.newdealartregistry.org/ http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-living/2010/07/singing_river_indians_1939_mural_returns_to_pascagoula_post_office.html