Lincoln’s Wyuka Cemetery hosting special viewing of Pershing Mural this weekend

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Pershing Mural restoration project is estimated to cost around $3.1 million and should be finished by next spring.

Earlier this year, Wyuka Cemetery announced that the mural, once a part of Pershing Auditorium, would be restored on its grounds.

From Thursday to Monday, people can visit Wyuka to see the proposed site, where the mural will be reinstalled.

Liz Shea-McCoy, a mural committee member and organizer, says she’d never imagined that someone could take down the iconic work of art.

“What I also realized when I was sharing that feeling with other Nebraskans was that my feeling was shared,” she said.

The mural, which has over 760,000 ceramic tiles, was saved from destruction in 2022.

McCoy says the committee raised over $800,000 to save the mural last year and they’ve started phase two of fundraising.

“It’s a feel-good project because it touches the hearts of so many individuals,” she said. “Most everybody I talked to experienced a concert, basketball game, a pancake feed, what it might be within Pershing Auditorium.”

Right now, Wyuka is undertaking a pond renovation, giving the mural committee until next year to raise just over $3 million for the reinstallation.

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