Mural of Deadly 1913 Columbus Flood Meant to Inspire

FRANKLINTON (Adam Slinger) -- A 5,000 square foot mural unveiled on Friday depicts one of Columbus' saddest moments in history: the flood of 1913.Approximately 500 people died in the flood that occurred 102 years ago this week.But the mural isn't meant to depress, it's meant to inspire, according to the people behind its creation.The mural hangs on the back of the new Orange Barrel Media building along I-670 near downtown. The digital image is an enlargement of an original oil painting by Emily Jay, an artist originally from Central Ohio. It's also based on a Columbus Dispatch photograph from the 1913 catastrophe.The mural faces Franklinton and is meant to illustrate how the citizens of that neighborhood rebuilt their community and overcame adversity."The heroism evident in the image captures the sense of community that defines Franklinton," PeteScantland, CEO of Orange Barrel Media said in a news release. "We thought it a fitting tribute to the people of this great community."

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