Irondale unveils new mural in town center (photos)

Irondale Mural
New Irondale Mural on the side of City Hall. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

The city of Irondale unveiled a new mural this weekend celebrating its history and community. 

Bham Now was there Saturday night to check out the painting, along with 100s of Irondale residents who were holding a food truck block party in front of City Hall.

Located on a once blank wall on the side of City Hall and nearby municipal buildings, the new mural is in front of Irondale’s famous railroad tracks.

The bright new mural was painted by renowned local muralist Dewon Moton. 

Community Building

Irondale Mural
New Irondale Mural on the side of City Hall. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now
Placing names on the mural. Photo via City of Irondale

According to Irondale Mayor James D. Stewart, Jr., the mural is part of a wider city-led initiative to bring residents together. 

“The theme of my administration is “Building Community,” so we hosted events this weekend to bring people together to meet their neighbors and enjoy themselves. We commissioned a mural from artist Dewon Moton in which citizens were able to sign their name inside the text. The mural merged together the historical significance of the Irondale Furnace in which the city drew its name and the train cars which are a major part of Irondale’s identity. The mural serves as a reminder that Irondale is a vibrant, friendly city,” he said.

Neighbors Like It

Irondale Mural
New Irondale Mural on the side of City Hall. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Locals are also excited about the new fresh colorful addition to the town.

Irondale resident Ginny Brown told Bham Now on Saturday:

“The mural adds beauty, but also creates a sense of community. Residents were allowed to sign their names  on designated areas of the mural. The mural is in the perfect location for visibility for visitors to Ruffner Mountain, Irondale Cafe, passing trains, and the numerous cyclists that travel that route.”

Irondale is on a Roll

mayor stewart in front of city of irondale banner
Irondale Mayor James D. Stewart. Photo via Katiana Banks for Bham Now

The completion of the new mural capped off a busy and productive week for the city of Irondale. On Thursday, the city made the announcement that a much-needed Publix Supermarket will be built in town.

We can’t see what’s next.  Stay tuned.

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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