Published on July 26th, 2020 | by TLV News


Sons & Friends of Junior Kimbrough Call for Designs by Mississippi Artists in a Black Culture Celebration Mural Design Contest

Are you an artist? Do you like to draw, paint, graffiti?

Winners Submissions:
The winning designs will be used as a proposal for a finished mural to be painted on the walls of The HUT, an American Legion maintained by beloved Holly Springs, Mississippi, resident Mr. David Caldwell.

Create a painting, drawing, or graffiti. Any medium on paper, cardboard, canvas, etc. 8″ x 11″ or larger. On the back of submission include your name, address, and phone number.

Contest Guidelines:
Create a picture that contains images of paradise, comfort, and joy. It can be a rainbow, or the sun, a cotton flower, family member, a smile, a tag. The picture can tell a story. That is the decision of the artist. Looking to show US YOUR STYLE. Show out!

Photo from Sons & Friends of Junior Kimbrough

Contest Eligibility:
Mississippi Resident
Any age


  • Mr. David Caldwell
  • Aikei Pro’s Record Shop
  • Ms. Marie Underwood
  • Friends of Graceland Too

The Deadline for submission is August 20, 2020. Please deliver your submission to David Caldwell at Aikei Pro’s Record Shop at 125 North Center Street or The Hut at 475 West Valley Avenue in Holly Springs, Mississippi.

African American Folk Art Tradition

Juke Joints were a common gathering place for African Americans to get together and socialize; a place where great music was created and performed, delicious food cooked and served, the newest fashions worn, and lots of dancing going on. Good times had and lifetime memories made.

Juke Joints were a safe haven for Black people to meet as a group in public without fear of judgement or punishment. Never turned away, welcomed during a time in American history when Black Americans were not allowed into white establishments. During the era of Jim Crow, Juke Joints flourished in America, and so did American Black music.

The Juke Joint environment is responsible for nurturing the incredible and unique American art form called the Blues.

Photo from Sons & Friends of Junior Kimbrough

Traditionally, these Black-owned establishments were decorated strikingly with bright colors, crude patterns, hand painted signs, and murals. Images of paradise were popular themes depicted in the decor of Southern Juke Joints.

The coconut tree, a tropical island, a beach, mountains, and sunset are classic examples of recurring themes of joy represented in the imagery. Visions of felicity, relief, and renewal coupled with hypnotic music and fabulous food. A good cheap time, Juke Joint was a piece of heaven, a temporary escape from troubles of everyday life.

Brought to you by:
Son and Friends Junior Kimbrough

Your Host:
Robert Kimbrough Sr.

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