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Huntington school principal introduces a piece of history

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 10:30 am

Riverview Middle School Principal Curt Crago took on a project over the summer, and as a result, students at his school can enjoy a piece of art with big historical significance.

It all started when Crago stumbled upon a Craigslist advertisement sometime last winter. Up for sale: A stained-glass mural that was once on display in the State Capitol building in Ohio.

Crago did a little research and soon discovered that the mural is an artistic rendition of the inspiration for Francis Scott Key writing “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. Crago knew the mural would be a perfect addition to a common area at Riverview, where several other historical artifacts are displayed.

After buying the mural, Crago and a few other school employees created a wood frame and installed a Plexiglas cover to help position and protect the artwork. They also installed lights behind the mural, making it possible to illuminate the stained glass. Crago said staff members are always more than willing to tackle projects that fall outside their traditional job responsibilities. "It's just kind of what we do," he said in a news release.