Art meets local history in Selbyville mural


Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Delaware Secretary of Education Susan Bunting, a Selbyville native, stands with artist John Donato at the mural ribbon-cutting celebration at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School on Wednesday, March 7.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Delaware Secretary of Education Susan Bunting, a Selbyville native, stands with artist John Donato at the mural ribbon-cutting celebration at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School on Wednesday, March 7.Phillip C. Showell Elementary School is glowing with color and history, where students have painted a massive mural to tell the story of their hometown: Selbyville.

Children celebrated the #OurTown mural ribbon cutting on March 7, followed by a community unveiling that night with student-led tours and Selbyville memorabilia.

“I think what you have created is something everyone in the town of Selbyville is going to be so proud of,” said Delaware Secretary of Education Susan Bunting, a Selbyville native. “Far more powerful than words, that mural represents 1,000 memories for me and so many people.”

The original Phillip C. Showell donated the land upon which the school sit today for Selbyville’s own “colored” school, which served African-American students in Grades 1 to 8. Today, the elementary school serves children of all races and is named for its African-American benefactor.

“It’s a dream come true to be part of this celebration. It’s an honor,” said Stephanie Showell Haygood, one of three Showell descendants who joined in the ribbon-cutting.

The art-history project was led by art teacher Laurie Hall and local artist John Donato.