MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — On the walls of one of the entrances of Clark-Shaw Magnet School is a mural celebrating 200 years of Alabama history, as seen through the eyes and paintbrush of Bobby ‘BJ’ Jiles. The Mobile artist painted the mural over seven days while students were on Christmas break.
Schools wrote grants and proposals to become bicentennial schools, 200 were chosen and Clark-Shaw was one of them. With the designation comes projects students will do to celebrate Alabama’s bicentennial this year. The mural was one of those projects.
Jiles said he was honored to do it and he has a unique connection. Miranda Manley was his sixth-grade teacher a few years ago at Palmer Pillans Middle School. She gave Jiles his first art set. Manley is helping coordinate the bicentennial projects at Clark-Shaw and asked Jiles to paint the mural.
The mural depicts familiar themes of Alabama history, from the USS Alabama battleship, and Mardi Gras in Mobile, to the space industry in Huntsville.
It is now a permanent display at the Magnet school.