Early Settlers Weighing Cotton

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"Early Settlers Weighing Cotton", photographed by Frank Tombrello.

Early Settlers Weighing Cotton is a mural painted in 1939 by William Sherrod McCall of Jacksonville, Florida in the Montevallo Post Office. The commission was part of a WPA project to employ artists administrated by the Treasury Section of Fine Arts as part of its government building program.

McCall was chosen for the project in 1938 based on designs he had submitted for a contest in Miami. McCall visited Montevallo and chose the theme of cotton and settlement of the region. McCall stated in a letter to the Section, "Montevallo was a very important little town to the cotton industry of the State in the early days." McCall's mural was praised by the postmaster, the residents of Montevallo, and professors at Alabama State College.