LEGENDARY

  • Historical,Mural

LEGENDARY

  • Historical,Mural

“The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life.”

Artist Anna Murphy took inspiration from the words of poet Rabindranath Tagore as she created these portraits of 43 people whose contributions and legacies helped shape Indianapolis between 1820 and 2020. The mural, a celebration of the city’s Bicentennial, also shines with hope, vision and possibilities for the future.

The 43 legends are surrounded by plants, flowers and animals that have symbolic connections to each person, honoring the journeys of both those who were born in Indiana and those born in another state or country. Indiana’s state bird, the Northern Cardinal, is featured, along with native animals and insects, some classified as endangered. Murphy’s depictions of nature represent the fragility of life, and our responsibility to protect it and plant the seeds for the next generation.

Artist Johnathon Arce and apprentice Phyllicia Carr assisted Murphy. The mural was painted from July to September, 2023.

The mural was installed with the support and participation of

The City of Indianapolis Bicentennial Commission
The Capital Improvement Board of Managers of Marion County
Pacers Sports & Entertainment
Indiana Humanities
Indy Arts Council
And a committee of over 40 Indianapolis community leaders

The individuals depicted, from left to right and top to bottom, are

Hoagland Howard “Hoagy” Carmichael
Mary Ellen Cable
Feliciano “Felix” Espinoza
Bobby “Slick” Leonard
Sam H. Jones
President Benjamin Harrison
Marshall “Major” Taylor
William “Bill” Crawford
Roselyn Comer Richardson
Melvin “Mel” Simon
John Morton-Finney
Mari Evans
Rev. Andrew J. Brown
Julia May (Porter) Carson
John Leslie “Wes” Montgomery
Dr. Frank Perry Lloyd
Herman B Wells
Madam C.J. Walker
Harriette Bailey Conn
Father Boniface Hardin
Daisy Riley Lloyd
Willard B. “Mike” Ransom
Moy Jin Kee
Henry J. Richardson Jr.
Carolyn “Carrie” Barnes Ross
George Pheldon Stewart
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
May Wright Sewall
James Whitcomb Riley
Robert Lee Brokenburr
Dr. Amelia R. Keller
Rabbi Morris Marcus Feuerlicht
Mayor William Hudnut
Calvin Fletcher
Senator Richard Green Lugar
Anton “Tony” Hulman Jr.
Edna Martin
John Robert Wooden
Josiah K. Lilly, Jr.
Josiah K. Lilly, Sr.
Col. Eli Lilly
Eli Lilly (“Jr.”)
William G. Mays

Learn more about this project, see individual portrait images, and read portrait subject bios here.