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'I Believe in Wilmington': The story behind the Second Street mural

Updated: May. 29, 2018 at 10:47 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A bare brick wall in downtown Wilmington quickly turned into one of the city's most Instagram-worthy spots.

"The mural is an idea we had with a few friends of ours on this block that are business owners and how much we've fallen in love with the city and how much we feel the community is important," Manna restaurant owner William Mellon said of the mural on Second Street. "This will be an opportunity for citizens and other community members to purchase merchandise off our website and all the proceeds we raise there will go to help charities and nonprofits in the area. Currently, we're motivated to help support NourishNC and we are finally fully funded by all of our friends."

The mural, which features a North Carolina flag with the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and the Cape Fear River inside, has been given the hashtag #secondstreetmural.

"We just put it up end of day Friday so we didn't really consider that in the beginning," artist Ryan Capron said. "We're just going to beg for forgiveness."

The mural has been well received. The meaning behind it is rooted in love for the city those associated with it call home.

"It's been almost 20 years now so I'm at the point where I've lived here longer than where I grew up," Capron said. "So I can almost call myself a local?"

A group of natives and transplants, all locals in their own way, wanted to give back so they sponsored the Second Street mural and the Second Street project.

They created #secondstreetmural merchandise to go along with the design on the wall.

"With (Mellon) being a restaurant owner and stuff, the first few charities are going to be food-based charities," Capron said. "40 Eats and NourishNC, it's something I think everybody can get behind."

The community seems to be behind it, by standing in front of it. Photos of the mural with the #secondstreetmural hashtag have been posted more than 200 times on Instagram.

The creators have hopes to put up other Wilmington-related murals around town to raise money for local charities.

You can support the project at secondstreetmural.com. 

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