Art teacher creates classroom mural for American History teacher

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Jones stands beside her mural, a recreation of the famous “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” photograph.

By Hannah Richardson

With Aug. 8 being the first day for students of the upcoming school semester, teachers all over the parish have been working to get their classrooms prepared for new groups of students. At Natchitoches Central High School, one teacher helped to give a unique touch to another teacher’s new classroom- by painting a mural on the brick wall.

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Annabel Jones, the art and fine art survey teacher at NCHS, recently painted a mural on the wall of Eden Price’s classroom. Price teaches American history. The mural is designed after the famous photograph, “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.” Taken by Joe Rosenthal in February 1945, it depicts six United States Marines raising the American flag on top of Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in WWII.

“Because [Price] is teaching American History, she wanted a scene that would be powerful for the students,” said Jones. Jones said Price approached her and asked her to create the mural. The two were new teachers at NCHS last year and befriended each other during lunch duty. Jones used a basic classroom projector as a means to trace the design and used black acrylic paint. It took an hour to complete.

Once school begins, Price’s students will be greeted everyday with the mural, showing a powerful scene that will surely get them in the right mindset to learn more about American history from their teacher.