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-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari

Jameel Hameed, left, and Tommy Washington, both of Fort Dodge,
chat next to the Second Baptist Church while admiring the new coat of paint. The two men, who are also trustees of the church, recently helped organize an effort to get the building
painted.

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari

Fort Dodge native Dana Harris works on painting a sunflower mural on the side of Julia Naylor’s garage Sunday.

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari

Dana Harris, a Fort Dodge native who is also an artist, gets ready to continue painting a mural on the side of Julia Naylor’s garage Sunday. The progress in
this photo took
Harris just two hours to complete.


-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari

Jameel Hameed, left, and Tommy Washington, both of Fort Dodge,
chat next to the Second Baptist Church while admiring the new coat of paint. The two men, who are also trustees of the church, recently helped organize an effort to get the building
painted.

A garage in the 200 block of South 17th Street looks a lot brighter than it did just a day ago, with a large mural of sunflowers covering what was once a dilapidated-looking wall.

And it’s all thanks to a Fort Dodge native, who returned home on Sunday to paint the mural on the garage owned by longtime Fort Dodge resident Julia Naylor.

Dana Harris, a 2002 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate who now lives in Jefferson, was originally asked to paint a mural in Pleasant Valley as a way of honoring that part of Fort Dodge’s history.

But with that project still being finalized, Harris said he was approached by Sherry Washington, president of the Pleasant Valley Awareness Committee, to see about working on a second mural.

That ended up being Naylor’s garage.

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari

“This one’s all nonprofit,” Harris said. “Kind of for fun, showing people what’s more to…

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