Camp Shelby museum unveils its first commissioned painting

Camp Shelby museum unveils its first commissioned painting
Mississippi dragoon soldier from the War of 1812 painted by Gulf Coast artist Mark Poole/Photo credit: WDAM
Mississippi dragoon soldier from the War of 1812 painted by Gulf Coast artist Mark Poole/Photo credit: WDAM

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby unveiled its first commissioned work of art Friday morning. 

It is a painting of a Mississippi dragoon soldier from the War of 1812 and was painted by Gulf Coast artist Marc Poole.

The painting is the first in a series of four pieces Poole will do for the museum.

His next work will depict Jefferson Davis at the Battle of Monterrey during the Mexican War.

Meanwhile, work continues on a $2.3 million renovation project at the museum.

Work is complete on a new grand hall, a new reception area and new restrooms. Soon, new exhibits will be added.

The museum closed for the renovations about a year ago and is scheduled to reopen sometime this year.