Art piece installed in Fairpark to celebrate city’s sesquicentennial


TUPELO, Miss. (WCBI) – The city of Tupelo made a big and bold statement to celebrate its anniversary.

Part of the celebration included the installation of an art piece in Fairpark.

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The statue is three 12-foot numbers that highlights the city’s sesquicentennial.

Tupelo was incorporated on July 20, 1870.

On July 20, 2020, the city is planning a day-long celebration.

Until then, Tupelo’s Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Neal McCoy said he hopes the statue will serve as a fun way for residents to celebrate the city.

This is Tupelo’s front porch—this is probably the most iconic place in Tupelo. So, we wanted to place it here to give people a place to come and take a picture and really have some pride in our city. These types of anniversaries don’t come along very often so you have to celebrate them when you can,” said McCoy.

McCoy said the statue will remain in the park through December of 2020 before moving its’ permanent location to the Oren Dunn City Museum.