If you read my about page, you know I travel back and forth between Tennessee and Alabama. In my Alabama town, Jasper, one of the programs the Walker County Arts Alliance has is the 50-mule Team Public Art Program. For the next few Sundays I will be posting a few pictures of the mules that are set out about town. A couple of months ago in this post, I posted a collage of the horses that my Tennessee city, Germantown, had put around town a few years back in honor of the 60th Horse Show.
Historically, Alabama was mainly an agricultural and industrial state where many tasks were powered by draft animals. working along the horses, mules were utilized on farms, in the mines, and in transportation. Renowned for their hardiness, mules came to be the most important work animal in the state from the late nineteenth century, until they were replaced by machines around the middle of the twentieth century.
Meet a few of the mules today.