Wytheville unveils mural celebrating First Lady Edith Bolling Wilson

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) A large mural will now honor a former First Lady from one hometown.

The ribbon was cut and the wall was signed by the artist Thursday for the mural celebrating Edith Bolling Wilson in downtown Wytheville.

She was born and raised in Wytheville before moving to Washington D.C.

Work began a year and a half ago on the ninety foot long piece of art.

The Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum said Thursday was the perfect day to dedicate the mural in honor of International Women's Day.

Museum Executive Director Shiloh Holley said, “Edith Bolling Wilson was the only Appalachian born First Lady, so we take pride in that here in Wytheville. This mural celebrates Edith's journey from Wytheville to the White House and has eight significant scenes from her very remarkable life.”

Artist Andrew Williams from Dublin said, “Learning her history growing up in Wytheville and then eventually how she got to D.C., it’s crazy how things work out for her to be the President’s wife, the events that took place for her to actually meet him. You get to learn a lot by doing these murals because you have to take in as much as you can.

The museum hopes to include an audio walking tour of the mural in the near future.

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