By Carla Davis
Excited voices and laughter rang in the air as community volunteers, led by Tres Taylor and his paintbrush, transformed a blank white wall in downtown Marion into a magical tale of hope and light. It’s part of Taylor’s effort to start a “Revolution of Joy” in Alabama’s Black Belt region.
“My vision has been to create a route of murals that would inspire tourists to travel to these little Black Belt towns,” said Taylor. “Art drives tourism and commerce. If I can be the seed that brings other artists to the area to create their own murals, it could be a great boon for the economies of the towns.”
On April 25-26, Taylor and 78 adults, students and children painted a 16-by-42-foot mural on the Teach for America building on Alabama Highway 14 in Marion. It’s the fifth in his Revolution of Joy series of murals that spans the Black Belt.
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