Tama father and son paint Marshalltown Strong mural after tornado

T-R PHOTO BY EMILY BARSKE Dye Davenport and his 13-year-old son Darian Davenport used their artistic abilities to paint a mural on the graffiti wall at the Marshalltown Skate Park.

A father and son from Tama came to see the destruction left behind by the Marshalltown tornado a few hours after it came through the city. They didn’t have any materials to start helping, so they used their creative talents.

Dye Davenport and his 13-year-old son Darian Davenport used their artistic abilities to paint a mural on the graffiti wall at the Marshalltown Skate Park. The mural shows a tornado and the date it struck, 7-19-18, with the words “Marshalltown stay strong” in big letters.

“Maybe this will help,” Dye said they were thinking as they drove through and saw everyone in shock.

He posted a photo of Darian standing with the mural. It had nearly 800 shares at the time this article was written. There are comments like “mad respect” and “thanks for this positive message” on the post.

The mural took them about an hour to complete and then they had to go home because of the curfew that was set for Thursday night.

Contact Emily Barske at 641-753-6611 or ebarske@timesrepublican.com