Photo by Mike Nice
The Southern Sounds mural in the Horizon Records parking lot was created by Furman Art students under the direction of Ross McClain and artist Charles Tyre.
The left side features local craftsman Russ Morin who specialized in creating handmade resonator ukuleles. A resonator ukulele creates much louder music by its own acoustic design rather than relying on an electronic amplifier.
The other side features Greenville’s native son Josh White – the first black man to sell a million records with his song “One Meatball”. Also he was a star on Broadway and film and the Voice of the Civil Rights movement in 1940s – as the first Black man to give a White House Command Performance (and closest Black confident to President Roosevelt), the first to de-segregate performance venues in America, and the first to give a national concert hall tour of America; an international star in 1950s who performed for the Kings and Queens of Europe and their Prime Ministers; and performed at the 1963 March on Washington, and for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.