In November 2013, DD2 students were given the opportunity to paint a mural on the 100-year-old water cistern behind the Summerville Dorchester Museum.
The student-artists came from Fort Dorchester High, Summerville High, Ashley Ridge High and Rollins Middle School of the Arts. The design consists of a pitcher of icy sweet tea, pouring onto the white background of the cistern and becoming a river, which winds through Summerville’s history.
The students’ artwork takes up one side of the cistern. The other side remains blank — but only for now; the museum is adding another mural to the cistern.
June 9 the Town of Summerville Finance Committee met and voted unanimously to authorize the mayor to execute a five-year lease agreement with the Summerville Dorchester Museum. In addition, committee members voted unanimously to approve a second mural proposed for the cistern.
This new mural will consist of a train – a locomotive from circa 1840.
Edward H. West, president of the museum’s board, said once the museum receives the OK to do so from town council, the mural will hopefully go up within the next few weeks. West said an artist will be painting the mural instead of students.
A train was selected for the artwork because of how it represents Summerville.
“The train is central to historic Summerville,” West said, reflecting on the commuter train that began travelling between Summerville and Charleston by the year 1850.
West said the museum board is looking forward to completing the cistern.
“We all think it’s wonderful,” he said. “We’re all aboard.”