Murals

Quick links to the murals:

1. SILER CITY MILLERS

1.-Siler-City-Millers

118 E. Third St.
Scott Nurkin, 2015

This mural commemorates the Siler City Millers and its manager, local businessman Cecil Budd. The baseball team won the 1946 state championship and represented North Carolina in the Semi-Professional World Series.

2. COCA-COLA: GO REFRESHED

2.-Coca-Cola

138 N. Chatham Ave.
Harold Draper, 1949

Murals were the Coca-Cola Company’s earliest form of advertising, and often found at high-traffic intersections across the country, particularly the south. Louis Brady in 2011 restored this mustachioed “Clark Gable” figure.

3. WHERE THERE’S A WHEEL

3.-Where-There's-A-Wheel

117 E. Second St.
Louis Brady, 2014

An assortment of colorful wheels are illustrated in this tree mural. The painting was completed through a façade grant program with Siler City.

4. THE CHATHAM RABBIT

4.-The-Chatham-Rabbit

143 N. Chatham Ave.
J.R. Butler & Roger Person, 2015

Chatham County’s agriculture history isn’t complete without the tale of the Chatham rabbit. A mix of the right factors – open farmlands, a hunting tradition, railroads and an abundance of rabbits – made Siler City the de facto capital for rabbits from 1880 to 1920. The rabbit was popular along the eastern seaboard and featured on menus from Raleigh to New York.  Look for more rabbits, painted by Roger Person, near the corner of the building.

5. CELEBRATE DIVERSITY

5.-Celebrate-Diversity

143 N. Chatham Ave.
J.R. Butler, 2016

People from all corners of the world live in Siler City – this mural celebrates that diversity. A grant from Triangle Community Foundation funded the mural and this guide.

6. OUR HARDWARE HERITAGE

6.-Ace-Hardware

119 E. Raleigh St.
Stacye Leanza, 2002

This triptych depicts the history of the store. The first image illustrates The Elder Hardware Company around the turn of the 20th century. The second portrays the interior of the store, with an employee and customers, at a later but unclear point in time. The last shows the store in the present day, with an employee wearing an unmistakable red Ace Hardware vest helping customers.

7. COCA-COLA: IT’S THE REAL THING

7.-Coca-Cola-It's-The-Real-Thing

109 W. Raleigh St.
Unknown Artist

Siler City’s second Coca-Cola mural, located in an alley between 109 and 113 W. Raleigh St., was painted some time before 1950. It was restored in 2015.

8. HISTORY OF CHATHAM HOSPITAL

8.-Chatham-Hospital

117 W. Raleigh St.
Stacye Leanza, 2003

Three stages of Chatham Hospital’s development are depicted in this mural. The Siler City Mural Society commissioned the art and worked with the Siler City Rotary Club to raise money for it. The Rotary Club is commemorated in the mural for its contributions. Chatham Hospital joined UNC Health Care in 2008 and is located in a new facility near U.S. Highways 421 and 64.

9. FARMERS’ ALLIANCE

9.-Farmers'-Alliance

134 S. Chatham Ave.
Stacye Leanza, 2006

This mural is a historically accurate depiction of Chatham Avenue in the early 20th century. The panorama is on the side of the Farmers’ Alliance Store, the oldest business in Chatham County. The store opened in 1888, a year after Siler City was incorporated, to meet the needs of area farmers.

Below is a video about downtown Siler City’s vibrant art community from UNC-TV’s NC Weekend.