Parke County unveils part of Bicentennial Legacy Project

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ROCKVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) – An unveiling took place in the Parke County Courthouse Thursday that some might even argue was 200 years in the making.

A mural done by local artist Bill Wolfe, all in an effort to celebrate 200 years of the Hoosier state.
“It’s just an honor for me to even be a part of it,” Wolfe said. “Being originally from Parke County was a great thing too.”

The mural depicting a man who also has ties to Parke County.

Joe Cannon moved to Indiana with his parents back in the 1800’s.

He went on to make a name for himself in Washington D.C.

Parke Bicentennial Committee Director Brad Buchanan said they wanted to find a lasting way to honor him.

“Part of the Bicentennial was to create projects that had a lasting legacy,” Buchanan said. “And we figured what better way than to create a mural that will be in the center of our county and our county courthouse that will last well beyond the bicentennial.”

Some might not know who Cannon is, but hopes are this brand new painting will help shine a light on his life.

And while it’s all about honoring a legacy, Wolfe says he hopes it also inspires.

“They’ll look at it and it’ll mean something to them,” Wolfe said. “Maybe it’ll click in somebody’s head, that I can, I can live, come from Rockville, I can come from Rosedale, or Mecca and make something of my life, you know I can do something that counts.”

Wolfe says a painting like this takes around 3 to 4 months to complete.

Bicentennial organizers hope to have the second mural up and ready to reveal during the covered bridge festival.

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