Downtown Commerce is a little more visually represented now.
In partnership with the Dr Pepper Corporation, Texas A&M University-Commerce and the city, Commerce Tourism/Event Coordinator Sherry Johnson helped to have a mural painted downtown, across from City Hall.
Johnson has been on a mission to revitalize downtown, and this is the first mural in what she hopes to be two more murals painted during the summer to liven up the area.
Johnson said she found that Dr Pepper had a program where it refurbished old Dr Pepper murals in rural cities. Although Commerce only had an old sign of Dr. Pepper, she was still able to get approval for the project.
Being the tourism coordinator, Johnson said she believes this will help bring people to Commerce.
“We feel that this will bring people into town to view our murals,” she said.
A representative of Dr Pepper made a trip to Commerce to show the different murals available.
“We decided on the vintage lion mural,” Johnson said.
After having the mural approved, Johnson needed to find someone to paint it.
According to Johnson, Commerce Councilwoman Sue Davis was able to speak with A&M-Commerce Art Department Director Joseph Daun about painting the mural.
Daun then spoke with President Dr. Dan Jones and was able to have a summer mural painting class for his students.
Commerce businessman Kenneth Parker donated his building for the mural, which is currently being painted, and Dr Pepper paid for all the painting supplies.
“It was like too good to be true,” she said, adding the agreement was signed by Dr. Jones, Marc Clayton and Kenneth Parker. “It was at absolutely no cost to the city.”
Also in the agreement was the mural is not to be painted over for at least 10 years.
Johnson asks if anyone would like to donate their wall for the next two planned murals to contact her at 903-886-1123.