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New Mural At Mercy Park In Joplin Draws On Unique Inspiration

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    There's a new mural at Joplin's Mercy Park -
    It was brought into this world, with an unveiling ceremony earlier today.
    But, it's not just any artistic work - it's truly something special.
Nearly seven years ago - this site was considered "ground zero" for the devastating EF-5 tornado that tore through Joplin.
It's an event 8 year old Sophie Collier was barely old enough to remember.
Sophie Collier, 8 years old: "I remember it was very noisy and I kept whining and stuff."
Now, she's part of a  a special project that  brought new emotions.
Collier: "Very excited and proud."
Of what? 
This new mural at Mercy Park - made up of the work of 50 kids over two Saturdays.
For Collier, this isn't the first time she's helped... 
Collier: "My school has one and I've helped with it, so I just really like helping people with art and stuff."
Meg Bourne with Art Feeds Joplin set  the kids on the right track - and they took it from there.
Meg Bourne, Art Feeds Joplin: "For them to be a part of this project I think just really speaks to this new generation and their creativity and what they can do and how they can beautify the community and make it their own."
Mercy Joplin CEO Gary Pulsipher compared the mural to the legacy of the former St. John's hospital.
Gary Pulsipher, President, CEO, Mercy Joplin: "It's a great attachment to our past, it helps us remember all the sacrifices that made these places possible."
Officials spoke about how seven years ago they saw this area as a "quilt" the  pieces being stitched together included  the autism center, the medical school, the senior center, and of course, Mercy Park itself.
While the mural is a collection of imaginative thoughts from creative kids, for the community, it means  much more.
Pulsipher: "So many lives were born here and so many people left the world on this very site, it's just one of those sacred places."
 

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