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Irmo, South Carolina: BBQ Mural: Racist on Beloved White Horse

Restaurant founded by racist Maurice Bessinger features an interior wrap-around mural by artist Blue Sky of Maurice riding his white horse. Until his death in 2014, Bessigner flew Confederate battle flags over his BBQ restaurants. He tried and failed to be SC governor, and sold a popular hot sauce.

Maurice's Piggy Park

1141 Lake Murray Blvd, Irmo, SC
Lake Murray Blvd. and Childs St.
Daily 10-9, F-Sa 10-10. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Blue Sky Mural At Maurice's Piggy Park

Beautiful mural inside a BBQ restaurant by the famous muralist Blue Sky. The namesake of the restaurant was a noted segregationist who was known for riding in on his white horse to public appearances during his failed run for governor of South Carolina in 1974. The horse appears several times in the mural. The Piggy Park restaurants flew the Confederate flag and offered racist literature in addition to the BBQ until his death in 2014 when his son removed both from every location. Many people boycotted the restaurants until this time.

[Rebecca Keller, 06/27/2015]

Blue Sky created a highway tunnel mural in Columbia, SC.

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