Southtown Court murals

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The Southtown Court murals are a series of 10 murals on retaining walls in the Southtown Court housing project in Birmingham's Southside. They were commissioned by the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District, supported with funds from the Southside Neighborhood Association and painted by artist Vance Wesson during July and August 1981

The most visible of the murals extends along a retaining wall on the University Boulevard edge of the project, a brightly-colored sequence featuring flowers and plants. Other murals face the playground and the day care center.

The Downtown Church organized a volunteer effort to restore some of the murals in November 2007.


  • Long, Laurie K. (1986) "A City With a Face: Street Art in Birmingham." in Ada Long, ed. Birmingham Then and Now. UAB Honors Program
  • Coman, Victoria L. (October 28, 2007) "Church seeks workers to restore Southtown mural." Birmingham News
  • Williams, Roy L (November 18, 2007) "200-plus volunteers restore faded mural painted alongside Birmingham's Southtown housing complex." Birmingham News
  • Garrison, Greg (June 28, 2009) "Artist's mural picture of hope for Southtown." Birmingham News