Viva Cuba members conduct an annual mural inspection to report the condition and recommendations of repairs for each mural, as well as to assess the general upkeep of each site. This allows Viva Cuba to detect any changes and address problems and deterioration before major unsightly and, perhaps irreparable, damage occurs. At least that’s the plan. Occasionally, because of weather or structural conditions, problems arise suddenly to require attention.
Cuba, MO: With the school year winding down, the fourth grade students finished the year with Missouri History Month and one of Viva Cuba members’ favorite activities, The Yellow School Bus Tour of Cuba’s murals.
The Gold Star Boys mural was painted right after 9/11/2001. It pictures the faces of six young men from the Cuba Area who fought in WWII and did not return to their families.
But then we found out that there was more to the story. Ralph Fishwick lost his life in the line of duty on a return convoy off the coast of Africa on December 2, 1942. We thought. Read on for the rest of the story.
“Clang, clang, clang” went the trolley “Ding, ding, ding” went the bell “Zing, zing, zing” went my heartstrings It was time for a Cuba Fest tour, I could tell “Chug, chug, chug” went the motor “Bump, bump, bump” went the brake “Thump, thump, thump” went my heartstrings I smiled for I knew it was the […]
Tourists snap shots of the murals. Cuba’s 4th graders study the story behind each of the murals. Bus groups and trolley tours learn of Cuba’s history. But little thought or time is spent on three aspects of Viva Cuba’s mural project: the shield painted on each mural, the artist(s) signature, and the plaques that accompany them. […]
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