The Legend of Andalusia Mural - Andalusia, AL
N 31° 18.495 W 086° 28.855
16R E 549395 N 3463880
Quick Description: The Legend of Andalusia Mural is located on the side of the WAAO radio station at the corner of E Three Notch St and Central St in Andalusia, AL.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 5/29/2011 2:52:06 PM
Waymark Code: WMBKAB
This mural is based on the legend told in a book by James M. Prestwood, as related to him by his grandfather, James Austin Prestwood, who was generally known as “Uncle Aus.” “Uncle Aus” is depicted sitting underneath a tree in the first scene of the mural.
According to the legend Aus Prestwood, came to Andalusia at the age of seventeen and had paused to rest underneath a tree. While there he met an elderly man who introduced himself as John McIntosh, part Creek Indian and related to Chief William McIntosh. McIntosh told Aus a story about the tree under which he was resting.
The story began in November 1813 when a small party of Creek warriors captured a Spanish soldier who apparently had strayed from his group. The young Creeks were fascinated with the soldier’s white stallion. They wanted to know the name and origin of the horse. The soldier carved the name of the horse, “Destinado” and “Andalusia” a province in Spain where the horse was born on a tree. The Spanish soldier, thinking he might be killed, told the Creeks he was taking the horse as a gift to their chief, Red Eagle. This pleased the Creeks and by dawn, they were en route to present the horse to their Chief. It was decided that Red Eagle would ride Destinado, considered to be their fastest horse in the battle of Horseshoe Bend. If the battle did not go well, he would escape on Destinado to rally help for the battle. He is shown riding Destinado and leaping into the Alabama River to go for help.
City: Andalusia, AL
Location Name: On the WAAO radio station on E Three Notch St.
Artist: Wes Hardin
Media: Paint on Brick
Relevant Web Site: Not listed
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