On this day in Alabama history: Artist MacKenzie inducted into Alabama Hall of Fame

On this day in Alabama history: Artist MacKenzie inducted into Alabama Hall of Fame
Mobile painter and sculptor Roderick MacKenzie poses with his self-portrait sculpture in his studio in this 1930s image by Mobile photographer Erik Overbey. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, Erik Overbey Collection, University of South Alabama Archives)

May 20, 1925

Artist and muralist John Roderick Dempster MacKenzie was inducted into the Alabama Hall of Fame. A classically trained artist raised in Mobile, MacKenzie spent much of his life in India and Europe painting scenes of Mughal India, including the monumental painting of the Durbar, the State Entry into Delhi. He returned to Mobile in 1914 and quickly became one of the most important artists in the state. Included among his most significant works are 43 oil pastel paintings of the Alabama steel industry and an eight-mural series depicting scenes from Alabama history that graces the rotunda of the state Capitol in Montgomery.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

For more on Alabama’s Bicentennial, visit Alabama 200.

 

Related Stories