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Dublin Downtown Development Authority and Visit Dublin GA announced today that Atlanta artist Corey Barksdale, a nationally recognized Georgia artist, has been selected as the muralist for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument under development in Dublin, Georgia.

 The result of a $5,000 award by the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Tourism division to fund a mural and gateway signage at the site of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. monument, the mural will be located at the intersection of Church and Telfair Streets.

It will set the tone in creating an artistic and interactive public space for tourists to experience the first step in Dr. King’s rise to greatness as a leader of the Civil Rights movement.


The project will install a 54’ 7” wide by 10’ high mural on the wall of a neighboring building highlighting First African Baptist Church and Dublin, Georgia as the location of Dr. King’s first public speech in 1944. This mural by a Georgia artist will serve as an additional interactive component of the monument site, provide an artistically colorful backdrop for the monument site, and create a vivid gateway for downtown Dublin.

 “This project presents the unique opportunity to not only commemorate a very important moment in our history, but also transform a downtown gateway and add to the collection of unique public art we have in downtown Dublin. It is a win for everyone involved, and we are so proud of the support and man power that has been poured into the MLK Monument project,” said Tara Bradshaw, Director, Main Street Dublin.


Atlanta artist Corey Barksdale uses art to capture African American history, and intends to capture Dr. King’s speech in Dublin through color and emotion, saying, “A lot of my images are representative of the experiences that I have had and how I identify myself. These subjects reflect my community.

The bold colors that I use have been with me since the beginning. Initially I focused on a few primary colors. Now I am blending them in different ways to create my secondary colors.

I give the colors a different value or tone. Examples: blue is a darker tone, then red a mid-tone, orange is light, yellow even lighter, and white I use for highlights.

So there is actually a system, and I use certain colors over and over. Using bright colors is part of my makeup. Much art from Africa utilizes some of the same color combinations that I use. So, it’s part of my DNA that I use these colors; it’s what seems natural.”

Barksdale’s resume includes a current project for Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, as well as murals on the Atlanta Beltway, in Athens and Decatur, GA, and numerous projects for television.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will feature eleven inaugural exhibitions focusing on a wide arc of history: Slavery, Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Migrations to the North and West, the Civil Rights Movement, and beyond. It will be a place where everyone can explore the story of America through the lens of the African American experience.

Opening September 24, 2016, Barksdale’s image will be part of a 360-theater exhibit film that celebrates African American creativity and cultural expressions through art, music, dance, theater and literature.

“Dublin is lucky to have an artist of Corey’s caliber creating the mural for the Dr. King Monument. His passion and skill in capturing the African American experience through color, imagery, and motion will translate into a vibrant experience of interpretation that will inspire visitors of today and tomorrow,” said Rebecca McWilliam, Director of Tourism, Visit Dublin GA. “We’re grateful to Georgia Tourism for the opportunity to have an artist of Barksdale’s experience and talent creating this work of art for what will become the primary gateway to downtown.”










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Corey Barksdale was exposed to color and form at an early age by his grandmother a quilt artist