PELHAM, GA (WALB) - The city of Pelham just completed a major mural project in order to attract more businesses and citizens to the city.
The huge mural is the start of many murals going up in downtown Pelham as the city revitalizes the entire area.
Community leaders and citizens said this is the start of something good for their city.
"Besides it being a way to preserve our history of our town, you know it also ties into our economic development. This is a tourism attraction," said Pelham Main Street Director Alyssa Blakely.
A two-story historic mural now sits in the heart of downtown Pelham after months of planning.
"We kept coming back to wanting to have something that represented the deep history of Pelham and that goes back to the Hand family," explained Blakely.
JL Hand founded the city back in the 1800s. Their home, pictured in the mural, served as a landmark for the city but was torn down in 1971.
"It just serves as a memory of this community," said Blakely.
For many citizens, the memory goes back to their childhood.
"I did grow up in Pelham and I always had a fascination with history and I think that started with me because Pelham's history is so unique," said Steven Turner, a resident of Pelham.
City officials said that history could bring more residents and businesses to the small-town city.
"Well it generates new interest in Pelham, it's another reason for people to come downtown," said Pelham Mayor James Eubanks.
This will be the start of a new series of projects in order to bring more development and excitement to the city.
"We're encouraging new jobs. We're trying to work with getting new industry into Pelham," said Eubanks.
It's not only an economy booster but a cherished memory for citizens.
"Makes me excited to be able to bring back some of these things that are no longer in Pelham but we can put them on walls so everyone can see them and learn a little bit about the history," said Turner.
Right now the city is working on another grant for more murals to go up in downtown Pelham.
As for the new mural, city leaders said a dedication will be held later this summer.