December 17, 2014
In the early 1950s, the West Texas Museum was on the northeast side of Memorial Circle, where Holden Hall now sits. For years, Texas Tech University officials wanted a large mural, to depict pioneers of the South Plains, to go in the rotunda of the museum. In 1953, nationally-renowned artist Peter Hurd was selected to do the mural in classic fresco.
After seven months of painting, the 1300 square foot mural was finished and dedicated in late fall of 1954. Now 60 years laters, the colors and the people of the historic mural are vibrant as ever.