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Murals of the Erie Canal

An Exhibit at the Empire State Plaza Visitor Center Celebrating the Erie Canal's 200th Anniversary - On View Through September 1, 2017

The Richmond Aqueduct: Now and Then

A 7- by 16-foot mural painted by artist Dawn Jordan and owned by the Montezuma Historical Society. It depicts the Richmond Aqueduct in Montezuma, Cayuga County. The mural is based on a historic photograph of the aqueduct, which was built in 1849 to carry the waters of the enlarged Erie Canal over the Seneca River and remained in use through 1917. It also depicts the remains of the aqueduct as they exist today and which can be seen along the Seneca River/Barge Canal in the canal-themed Montezuma Heritage Park. The mural won the Viewers' Choice Award during the 2016 Global Mural Conference.

About the Artist: Dawn Jordan began her art studies at Cayuga Community College and Fort Lauderdale Institute of Art and then furthered her studies in art history at Ealing College of Higher Education in London. She has extensive experience with producing murals throughout upstate New York. Many of her murals can be viewed in pubic outdoor spaces in communities such as Macedon, Lyons, Port Byron, and Montezuma with Erie Canal historic-themes depicting imagery of a bygone era. Learn more at

Top Image: The Richmond Aqueduct: Now and Then by Dawn Jordan

Tears on the Canal

A 7- by -17-foot mural painted by artist Jane Grace Taylor of Webster, Monroe County. It depicts the Rev. Eleazar Williams leading members of the Oneida Nation down the Erie Canal following the passage of the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The act was passed during the administration of President Andrew Jackson and Vice President Martin Van Buren. During the 1830s, nearly half of the members of the Oneida Nation were loaded onto Erie Canal boats and transported to Buffalo where they boarded lake vessels bound for Green Bay, Wisconsin.

About the Artist: Jane Grace Taylor has created very large historic illumination murals including one on the 60-foot-high Patriots Wall in Rome, New York; a 100-foot wall by the old Erie Canal trail (Starks Landing) in Durhamville, New York; and two large walls at the Dr. King Memorial Park in Utica, New York.

Jane grace Taylor has a Masters of Fine Arts from Syracuse University. Another painting depicting a mule drawn canal boat is on display at the Erie Canal museum in Syracuse, New York until July 31st when it will travel to Schenectady, New York.

The Tears on the Canal mural, painted at the 2016 Global Mural Conference, is based on the diaspora of the native American population pushed westward in the Trail of Tears. Taylor is inspired by women in the arts, and contributions from diverse populations. Learn more at