After weeks of being shrouded in a black curtain of secrecy, the verdict on the Davies mural is in… Fantastic!
On Tuesday evening in the Davies High School Commons, the Ronald N. Davies mural was finally unveiled in front of an audience of over 300, who came to get a first look at the 35-foot long creation and tour the new school.
The mural highlights moments in the life of the Crookston, Minn. native, who graduated from UND Law School, served in WWII, and ran a private law practice before being nominated and confirmed to the U.S. District Court’s 8th Circuit in 1955. Two years later, he became a central figure in the integration of Little Rock Central High School, a watershed moment in education and the civil rights moment.
Artist Karen Bakke spoke on the mural’s creative process, which involved a lot of research, and took over 200 hours of painting to bring the final piece to its finished state. Others speaking at the event included Davies Principal Dr. Jeff Schatz; DPI Superintendent Dr. Wayne Sanstead; Tim Davies, son of Ronald N. Davies; and Foundation & Alumni Network Executive Director Carol Johnson.
Visitors were able to explore the building following the ceremony. “Eagle Ambassadors,” students positioned throughout the building, assisted them with directions and information on the building’s features.
Full coverage appears in today’s online edition of the In-Forum.