The Ohio History Connection is sponsoring a mural of Commodore Abraham Whipple who took a leading active role in the American Revolution by challenging the naval supremacy of Britain’s Royal Navy. After the war, Whipple became one of the founders of Marietta where he built ocean-going sailing ships. He is buried in the city’s Mound Cemetery along with other Revolutionary War veterans.
The mural was painted by Scott Hagan who rendered the Ohio Bicentennial logo on barns in every Ohio county. The design—prepared by graphic artist David Browning—shows Whipple as he appeared in a portrait by artist Edward Savage. The mural also shows the USS Columbus, a ship of the Continental Navy which Whipple commanded. The ship is shown flying the Grand Union Flag, America’s first national flag. Whipple’s monument in Mound Cemetery is also displayed.
The mural has been paid for by private donated funds.
The mural featuring Commodore Whipple joins a collection of Ohio History Barns around the state all showcasing historically important Ohioans, Ohio accomplishments, and Ohio symbols. Among them are sharpshooter Annie Oakley (Darke County), Shawnee Chief Tecumseh (Greene County), the Packard Automobile (Trumbull County) and the first Medal of Honor recipient Jacob Parrott (Hardin County).
Soon the Ohio History Connection will sponsor Ohio History Barns honoring President Ulysses S. Grant and General Charles Young. Between now and the 250th anniversary of American Independence the Ohio History Connection plans additional Ohio History Barns across the state presenting a diverse collection of Ohio stories along the state’s highways.
A dedication ceremony will occur at 10:30 am, July 5, 2023 at the barn at 2015 St. Rt. 821 near exit 6 on I-77. The barn has been made available by its owner Mr. George Broughton.