ANADARKO, OK (TNN) - A piece of history in downtown Anadarko will soon be honored through a commemorative stamp.
A mural called “Kiowas Moving Camp” was created in 1936 by artist Stephen Mopope, along with help from other Kiowa artists. Recently, it was chosen as one of five murals in the entire country to be put onto stamps to commemorate the importance of the paintings during the Great Depression.
The mural in Anadarko is one of several across the country that were commissioned by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide jobs for artists, while also illustrating some of the different cultures across America.
"They depict the Kiowa people and their culture and life style. It’s been a part of our community for a long time. It’s something we highlight in our tourism information and they’re just a really neat piece of history that is part of our community,” said Anadarko City Manager Kenneth Corn.
Corn said he’s excited to show the rest of the country a small piece of that history.
“We are the Indian capital of the nation. There are more tribes that consider this home than any other place in the United States so it’s important that we celebrate the Native American culture that is here,” Corn said. “It’s a part of who we are and it’s a part of where we’re going in the future as well.”
Corn said the stamp is extra special because of how selective the U.S. Postal Service was when choosing murals.
“We’re one of five communities that will have a stamp with our name on it. Not only is the mural on it, but it says Anadarko, Oklahoma,” Corn said. “So, it’s a good way for us to promote our community and at the same time show a little bit of pride about the talent we have here.”
The stamp will officially be unveiled next Wednesday but there will also be a ceremony to commemorate the stamp in Anadarko on April 30.