All but one of the 24 panels on the floodwall mural have found sponsors, and now the River Heritage Mural Association is looking for that final benefactor before a dedication can occur.
The murals have all been completed, but panel two featuring the mound builders from the year 1200 still hasn't found a $5,000 sponsor. Mural association president Tim Blattner said a tentative late June date is set for the dedication, but first someone must make the tax-deductible donation to help complete the financing for the project.
"There is a measure of urgency here," said Blattner. "We're looking to wrap up printing of our brochures soon so they can be complete before the dedication."
Not only is the association looking for a sponsor for the mural panel, but two $2,500 vignette spots are also up for grabs. The first depicts Hernando DeSoto in 1541 and the second combines St. Vincent's Seminary and Mark Twain. These donations are also tax deductible.
All sponsors will have their names engraved on the reader panels that will go up on a rail along the floodwall and be included in the brochure Blattner spoke of, along with being honored at a special recognition dinner and the dedication ceremony.
Anyone interested in sponsoring a mural or vignette can call Blattner at 334-3288.
335-6611, extension 182
List of sponsors:
Title panel: John and Jerrianne Wyman
Early landscapes: John and Jerrianne Wyman
Native Americans: No sponsor
Marquette and Joliet: James Riley
Girardot Post: Gene Rhodes
Louis Lorimier: Phill Brinson
Lewis and Clark: W.J. Chamberlain family
Louisiana Purchase: Harry and Fran Rediger
Missouri Statehood: Norma and Nancy Blattner for J. Tim Blattner
Trail of Tears: Joe and Janet James
Civil War History: Anonymous
Education on the river: Wanda Drury
River Commerce: Jack and Jill Rickard
The Iron Horse Arrives: William A. Zickfield Family
President Taft: Edward F. Regenhardt Family
Riverview Hotel Fire: Joel and Danette Neikirk
Cape Girardeau's Lifeline: Southeast Missourian
Steamboat Cape Girardeau: Shivelbine Family
Frozen Mississippi River: Doris Hendricks
Bridge Construction: Jim and Teresa Maurer
Industry and Agriculture: C.W. "Woody" Rushing Family
Mississippi River Floodwall: Missouri Dry Dock
Festival on the River: The Show Me Center
Bill Emerson Bridge: Rep. Jo Ann Emerson and Family