The Dillsboro Mural Unveiled


muralFARMERpanelsml Nine months of meticulous workmanship by Doryelle Ammons-Cain was unveiled for public review on Saturday  in Dillsboro. The Dillsboro Mural is an image of how the town of Dillsboro and surrounding countryside looked in the 1880’s. The mural is accented with the image of Jarret Nimrod Smith who was a surviving infant of the  the removal of 1838 also known as the Trail of Tears. As a young man Smith was a member of the Thomas Legion in the Civil War and was later elected Principal Chief. Smith was largely responsible for the expansion and preservation of tribal lands and the pursuit of citizenship for tribal members. The mural also shows an image of the founding family of Dillsboro. Doryelle Ammons-Cain explained the significance of the mural as, “Without roots we can’t grow and this mural shows Dillsboro as a town with roots”  Dillsboro Mayor Mike Fitzgerald stated his belief the mural will create an interest for people coming to Dillsboro to come more than once and, ” fall in love with the town and want to stay”. Standing in for Cherokee Principal Chief Michelle Hicks was historian Freeman Owle who gave a historical review of the relationship between the Cherokee people and the white settlers who came to build towns and expand farming in the mountains. Owle figured the mural will be a catalyst for starting conversations about those historical relationships. Doryelle Ammons-Cain estimated the mural will have a life of about a century and will remain in the current location until a permanent location is found in Dillsboro.