When asked for a name for the mural that he is painting at the Old Davie School for the Broward 100 celebration, artist Andrew Reid let the residents of Davie name it for him.
Time and time again, when he asked residents what the Old Davie School meant to them, they responded with “It’s a living history.”
So he named the mural, “A Living History.”
Reid’s mural weaves together images of past and present Davie. The historical figures and images are in monochrome, the present day figures in bright and cheerful colors.
“Ideally, it would be Old Davie School, A living History,” Reid says. “I like the idea of naming it what it is, the Old Davie School.”
Old Davie School, now a historical museum, is the first permanent school in the Everglades and is Broward County’s oldest existing school building. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
Designed by August Geiger, one of South Florida’s most prominent early architects, the Old Davie School first opened its doors to about 90 students in 1918.
Barbara McCall, a volunteer at the Old Davie Historical Museum, attended the school in the 1940s.
“Every day, kids would swim in the canal and climb trees,” McCall remembers.