Photo above l to r: Ben Rogers the library architect and his wife Michelle; Ben’s mother and Nellie’s sister-in-law Anna Marie Rogers Budge; Nellie Lee; and Roland Lee standing in front of one of Roland’s historical murals.
Yesterday, on President’s Day they held a wonderful old-time ceremony celebrating the dedication of the new Washington County Library. Since I painted the murals, Nellie and I attended the whole event. It started at 10am with a packed house in the historic St. George Tabernacle to hear a dedicatory address and prayer by LDS Apostle Jeff Holland. After the ceremony we formed a cavalcade led by a brass band in pioneer costume and marched together arouind the corner to the Library. Here hundreds of people filled the facility to overflowing exploring every inch of the new library. Designed by Nellie’s nephew, Ben Rogers, it is constructed of natural sandstone in the same style as the other pioneer buildings on the town square. I stood by my mural answering questions about its production. We finished the day with a nice luncheon especially honoring all the donors who contributed so much to the facility. My two large murals were commissioned by the Larkin family in honor of Montrue Larkin who fought for many years to acquire this new library.