Pillars of Frederick Mural Project Reaches Ninety Percent of Fundraising Goal

August 8, 2011

The Frederick Arts Council today announced that it has nearly reached its fundraising goal for a historic community mural project featuring Francis Scott Key and visionary leaders from Frederick’s past. The unprecedented public art project has received support from business leaders and residents who were motivated to preserve the area’s rich history while also bringing local attention and tourism to Frederick.
The 40 colorful portraits comprising the mural measure 175 feet by 8 feet and will hang on the building exterior of the McCutcheon’s manufacturing facility on South Wisner Street in Frederick and will be visible from Carroll Creek Linear Park. An unveiling ceremony is planned for early September. A companion book featuring the portraits, photos and historical information will be released in October.
“I’m very pleased with the overwhelming interest and support for the Pillars of Frederick community public art project.The contributions made by people like Francis Scott Key, William Delaplaine, Dr. Ulysses Bourne and Claire McCardell were larger than life,” said artist, Yemi. “Why not revere and celebrate them and this great town?” he continued.

Legacy sponsors include M&T Bank and the Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. Opportunities are still available at all levels for both business and individual sponsorship of the mural project and commemorative book. All donations to the project will receive appropriate recognition during the unveiling ceremony. To make a donation or sponsor, contact Karlys Kline at For more information, contact the Frederick Arts Council at 301-662-4190.