RMS principal’s summer project benefits students

This glass mural of an artistic rendition of Francis Scott Key writing the “Star Spangled Banner” during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812 once was on display in the State Capitol building in Ohio.
This glass mural of an artistic rendition of Francis Scott Key writing the “Star Spangled Banner” during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812 once was on display in the State Capitol building in Ohio. Photo provided.

Riverview Middle School principal Curt Crago took on a little project over the summer, and as a result, students at his school can enjoy a piece of art with big historical significance.

It all started when Crago stumbled upon a Craigslist advertisement sometime last winter. The ad stated, "Up for sale: A stained glass mural that was once on display in the State Capitol building in Ohio."

Crago did a little research and soon discovered that the mural is an artistic rendition of Francis Scott Key writing the Star Spangled Banner during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. Crago knew the mural would be a perfect addition to a common area at Riverview Middle School where several other historical artifacts are on display.

After purchasing the mural, Crago and a few other school employees created a wood frame and installed a Plexiglas cover to help position and protect the artwork. They also installed lights behind the mural, making it possible to illuminate the stained glass at the flip of a switch.

Crago said staff members at Riverview are always more than willing to tackle projects that fall outside of their traditional job responsibilities.

"It's just kind of what we do," he said.

Complete caption: This glass mural of an artistic rendition of Francis Scott Key writing the “Star Spangled Banner” during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812 once was on display in the State Capitol building in Ohio. Riverview Middle School Principal Curt Crago purchased the glass and had it installed at the school after he and other school employees created a wood frame and Plexiglas cover.