PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Hampton Roads is steeped in American lore, but sometimes we're oblivious to our historic treasures. Artist Sam Welty is trying to change that.
Welty has created a 3-D history lesson of sorts on a wall on Effingham Street in Portsmouth.
"I've been an artist since I've been five years old and just trying to use what God gave me," said Welty.
His mural tells the story of 737 Americans who faced 2500 British in the Battle of Craney Island. The overwhelming American victory saved Norfolk from a British invasion. Not one American died. Welty tried to recreate the fight with subtle images from his brush, gracing the weathered walls of Cedar Grove Cemetery.
"The battle is going on, the infantry is marching past. And the spirits of the past are just casting their shadows on the walls where they rest," Welty explained.
The Portsmouth mural is one of four painted by Sam Welty across Hampton Roads. He finished this latest one just in time; Saturday is the bi-centennial of the Battle of Craney Island.
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