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Missouri Swamp Fox Mural

This mural, painted by George Gray, commemorates the life of M. Jeff Thompson, one of St. Joseph’s more renowned citizens. Thompson was the mayor of St. Joseph at the start of the Pony Express. In 1861, he joined the Missouri State Guard of the Confederate Army and operated in the swampy areas of Southeast Missouri, where he became well-known as the “Swamp Fox of Missouri”. He and his men were successful in disrupting the Union Army and its supply lines. The mural depicts his defeat at the Battle of Fredericktown, Missouri.

Peggy Van Witt of Van Witt Fine Art Conservation treated and framed the mural, restoring it to its original beauty. See the full treatment report here. 


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