A mural highlighting Grays Harbor and its maritime history was completed and dedicated Tuesday to the late Port of Grays Harbor Commissioner Jack Thompson.
The mural, designed and painted by artist Jenny Fisher, shows a map of Grays Harbor, along with various ships that are part of the harbor’s maritime past and present. It’s officially entitled, “Grays Harbor — A Maritime History,” and located on the west-facing wall of Billy’s Bar & Grill in Aberdeen. There are also a number of sites showing historic shipwrecks.
Sylvia Dickerson, from Our Aberdeen, which commissioned the mural, said the group decided to dedicate the work to Thompson because he was on the board of directors for Our Aberdeen, and because the Port of Grays Harbor had sponsored Our Aberdeen projects for years.
“He really believed in downtown Aberdeen,” Dickerson said of Thompson, adding that Thompson lived just a block away in downtown Aberdeen.
The bottom of the mural reads, “Remembering Jack Thompson, A Man of the Harbor.”
Along with Our Aberdeen, several City of Aberdeen staff members, the port commissioners and members of Thompson’s family were on hand for the dedication service.