OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — After 4 months of work, and 45 gallons of paint, the Wilbur Jackson memorial is officially dedicated.
This is the beginning of a beautification project for downtown Ozark.
“A lot of other people involved in the community got together, raised the money, and got it to happen,” Hometown Hero Wilbur Jackson said. “And now they are going to do three more right away, so I’m proud to be a part of it.”
When asked why he thinks he has become successful, his answer was humbling.
“I’ve always tried to do things the best I could possibly do,” said Jackson. “Tried to treat people the way I wanted to be treated. In return, it may not have always been reciprocated. But like Coach Bryant said, if you carry yourself with pride and dignity, things are going to work out.”
Jackson is happy to have this dedicated mural, in the place he calls home.
“Ozark is the kind of town that they are going to take care of one another,” said Jackson. “If you have a problem you can always go home and they gotta take you in, and luckily I’ve been able to come home without a cloud over my head.”
Jackson also says if one person is able to look at this mural and be inspired, then it was all worth it in the end.
“If it inspires one kid, one young kid, one young girl, whatever, my job is done,” said Jackson.
Jackson says after 70 long years he is looking forward to resting, sitting in his rocking chair, and watching the days go by.
Upwards of 125 people and organizations donated anywhere from 15 dollars to 15 thousand dollars for these murals.