Murals of York get another colorful panel
This is a section of the panel painted by artist H.L. Leopold as part of a 1950s York County Courthouse expansion project. The York County Heritage Trust is assuming ownership of the painting.
So, the York County Heritage Trust is the recipient of another Mural of York. Well, it’s kind of an unofficial Mural of York.
The organization already oversees the 18 large-scale panels and numerous Cherry Lane mini-murals.
This time, it’s the mural that pleased visitors to the York County Courthouse for years. It shows various county iconic people and scenes: Declaration of Independence signer James Smith, steamboat builder John Elgar, and surveyor Thomas Cookson, among others… .
It’s appropriate that the large painting — 6 feet high by 44 feet wide — is preserved. The community owns numerous paintings that aren’t drawn on the side of buildings. The mural of civil rights leaders owned by the York City Human Relations Commission is another such community treasure.
The former courthouse painting is a wonderful community artifact that scores of people will continue to enjoy.
Now, we just need people to step forward to underwrite the maintenance of this pantheon of paintings.