Salt Marsh, 1998  LbNA # 42090

Placed DateJul 28 2008
LocationHouston, TX
Planted ByDigital History    
Found By Bulldogger
Last Found Sep 10 2011
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Salt Marsh, 1998

John Biggers was an African-American artist who created beautiful murals.

John Biggers (1924-2001)
The span of John Biggers' life encompasses some of the most tumultuous events in America's history: the Great Depression, World War II, and the Civil Rights Movement. Through it all, John Biggers sought to define a personal artistic style based upon a deep reverence for the blend of African and American cultures with which he lived. His beautiful murals can be found in various locations around the Houston area.

Salt Marsh, 1998

John Biggers was inspired by an African story of the never ending chase between the turtle (setting sun) and the rabbit (moon rising) in a timeless cycle of night and day. Children are represented here in the Houston Bayou (now polluted) as the ones to gain understanding of themselves as part of nature and the salvation (of the bayou) and hope for tomorrow. Many African symbols, his love for nature, and his personal symbol system are combined across the mural to tell this story in a natural setting. The colors are strong rusts, greens and blues that vibrate through quilt patterns.

You will be led to a Texas Historical Marker Site of a Civil War prison used to house over 350 Federal troops during the Civil War. Enjoy the nice benches to relax for a while as well.

Clues to Salt Marsh letterbox

1. Located at the University of Houston Downtown - 1 Main Street, Houston Texas 77002.

2. Take Travis Street to UHDowntown

3. Turn right onto 200 Girard st.

4. Park in parking area underneath the freeway.

5. Look for the three flags.

6. There you will find the historical marker. Read it.

7. Look directly at the brick wall behind the marker.

8. Along the brick wall you will count 14 sets of openings along the brick walls.

9. Count 14 sets from right to left. On the first set, from the left, inside the bottom hole, you will find the zip-locked contents of stamp, pen, and book.

10. Further instructions to the mural are inside. You are close!

7. Please blog your opinions about the mural at

Learn more of John Biggers at

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