|"Life and Times of George Brown" by Michael Vires|
George Brown was an enterprising African-American who at one time owned more than half the land in Punta Gorda, including the land where the mural commemorating his life and work is located. He is best known for running a shipyard and boat works company and was an early adopter of equal pay for all of his employees. Mr. Brown's commitment to Punta Gorda was evident in many ways, including a willingness to pay his taxes early on several occasions in order to enable the city to make ends meet.
Videographer David Sussman made a cool time lapse video of artist Michael Vires creating these murals. To watch the video (and learn a bit more about Mr. Brown), click here.
|"Movie Memories" by Michael Vires|
|"Postcards in Time" by Jack Reto|
|Libby (in front with hat) and her followers|