The Jackson Murals

What has come to be called “The Jackson Mural” depicts scenes from William of Orange’s campaign in Ireland from 1688 to 1690, with the left-hand panel showing the crossing of the Boyne and the right-hand one showing the Relief Of Derry.
The mural was originally painted in the 1940s in Clarence Place by Bobby Jackson, a resident of the old Fountain area. Nowadays, only a single block of Fountain Street remains, running from Carlisle Road to Hawkin Street, but it previously ran all the way to Bishop Street. (This Londonderry Sentinel article paints a vivid picture of the (old) area and of the Loyalist imagery within it. An image below shows a photograph on the railing outside Cathedral Youth Club of the people of the old Fountain area beneath an Orange arch and bunting.)
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(The original Jackson wall in its original location, in 1975. M00063)
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In the 1970s the area was redeveloped and the mural, which Jackson would touch up annually, was threatened with demolition; at the insistence of local people it was moved. (See p. 11 of Oona Woods’s book Seeing Is Believing.) As Jackson’s son, Bobby Jackson Jr, describes (p. 7; relevant excerpt available at CAIN): “The only reason that one is still there is because my father wouldn’t move house at the time they were renovating the old street, he wouldn’t move house until they moved the picture to beside where he was going to stay. So they decided they were going to do that and that’s how it got up there. Well, it’s the last of the old Fountain, it’s the only bit you could really say is the Fountain, that wall.” (The image below – also of a photograph on the youth club railings – shows Jackson in front of the original mural, though whether this is while the mural was in its original or second location is not known.
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(‘Streets Of Yesteryear’ showing (at top) Bobby Jackson painting the mural and, at right, the mural in Clarence Place. The plaque at right reads “Unveiled on 7th August 2009 by Mrs. B. Holland (née Jackson) daughter of the late Bobby Jackson”. M05291)
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(The original Jackson wall (in its second location), in 1990. M00813)
The mural was threatened again by redevelopment in the 1990s and this time, because the wall itself was decaying, it was destroyed and [in the same location??] a new, very similar, mural was painted in 1995.
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(The new Jackson wall, in the third location, in 1996. M01290)
Bobby Jackson Jr. now updates the mural, which is displayed only during the parade season, though, as he says, “If I had my way we would change the paintings, move it all around, do something else, because these boys already have these ones out on cards. I want to do something else. My son says, “You can’t, you must stick to the original ones.”” (p. 8)
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