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Posted on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 : 1:27 p.m.

Mural honoring local veterans unveiled in downtown Ann Arbor near the Alley Bar

By Staff

If you've walked down West Liberty Street between Main and Ashley in downtown Ann Arbor over the past two days, it's likely you saw downtown's newest mural — it's hard to miss.


The new "Peaceworks Through Art" mural that was unveiled in downtown Ann Arbor on July 18.

Photo by Holly Smith

The new mural is two-stories tall, covering the side of the building where the Alley Bar is at 112 W. Liberty St.

Painted by Mary Thiefels of TreeTown Murals, the work of art depicts close-up portraits of a dozen local war veterans. It was unveiled on Sunday.


A crowd gathered at 112 W. Liberty St. on July 18 to watch the unveiling of the new "Peaceworks Through Art" mural.

Photo by Holly Smith

The "Peaceworks Through Art" mural is meant to draw attention to the "human and economic impact of war on Michigan and honor local veterans," according to a statement from Thiefels and Laura Russello of Michigan Peaceworks, who collaborated on the project. The mural was funded in part by the Main Street Area Association with a $2,000 grant from the Downtown Development Authority. Thiefels and Russello raised another $1,500.

Short statements from each of the featured veterans are available on Michigan Peaceworks' website.

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Tue, Jul 20, 2010 : 12:06 p.m.

What a nice idea. I would like to honor a local soldier, Dougls Paul Atkins, who died in the Binh Dinh Provence of South Viet Nam forty years ago July 27th, 1970. He was a fun loving guy who was voting 'Most Artistic' in the ninth grade at Forsythe Jr. High. He is on Panel 08W Line 058 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. I have never forgotten him or his service to his country.