Key Largo Wall Mural Honors Henry Flagler's Over-Sea Railroad

The mural is handpainted and depicts the over-sea passenger train crossing a bridge

By Karen Franklin
|  Friday, Jan 6, 2012  |  Updated 11:56 AM EDT
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Mural Honors Flagler's Over-Sea Railroad

Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

The mural will be unveiled on Sunday.

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The Florida Keys will unveil a wall mural to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first trip of Henry Flagler's Over-Sea Railroad from the mainland to Key West.
   
The handpainted mural is of the over-sea passenger train crossing a bridge, and in the backdrop, the full moon has the face of Henry Flagler, according to the Florida Keys New Bureau.

    The mural is 60 feet long and 11.5 feet high. It was painted by students at Island Christian School and adults of the Art Guild of the Purple Isles and will be unveiled Sunday.
 
"Painting this with a historical element makes it a lot more special, because I'm living in the product of the railroad," said Natalie Sassine of Island Christian School.
    
Lead artist Cris Sandifer redesigned the image of a Florida Keys postcard to create the mural, which will be located in Key Largo at mile marker 95.
 
Former Florida Governor and Senator Bob Graham will be present at the unveiling.
 
Other events are also being held in the Florida Keys in January to celebrate the completion of Henry Flagler's 1912 over-sea railroad.
  
 

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