On Aug. 13, the City of Ozark hosted a special dedication for the mural depicting Ozark and Alabama Crimson Tide football legend Wilbur Jackson.

Jackson – an Ozark native – spoke at the event that featured the city showing off the 26-foot mural, which depicts Jackson, legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear Bryant” and the logos of the DA Smith Tigers, Carroll Eagles, Alabama Crimson Tide, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins.

A plaque at the site of mural also pays tribute to the football legend.

“This mural was painted in 2021 as a tribute to recognize the 50th anniversary of Wilbur Jackson’s achievement as the first African American to receive a football scholarship to the University of Alabama, under legendary Coach Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant,” the plaque reads. “He was an eight-year veteran of the National Football League, first round draft pick by the San Francisco 49ers and a Super Bowl XVII Champion with the Washington Redskins.

“This mural easement was donated by Inez Pennington, an Ozark native, philanthropist and African American businesswoman. Ms. Pennington was recognized by the State of Alabama Resolution No. 01-197, Aug. 10, 2001, as one of the Empowered Women of Dale County.”

The mural is located on the side of the building located at 132 North Court Square in Ozark.

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