The Doc Watson - AFBA Mural Signing

January 25, 2008, in Harrisburg, Pa., at the Whitaker Center, an important part of American Folk Music history was made, as Doc Watson autographs his likeness on the mural from the stage of Appalachian Fiddle and Bluegrass Association, Mountain View Park in Wind Gap, Pa. Painted in 1978, D E Johnson depicted well known, top national Bluegrass artists at the time, who shared in bringing to our country part of our music heritage, toe tappin’ American Folk Music now known as Bluegrass.

AFBA member Kevin Justice and Stephen Krempaski of the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg, Pa. set a meeting with Doc Watson at the center, where he was performing. The mural panels were transported to and set up in the beautiful lobby of Whitaker Center. After a sound check, Dave Holt and other members of Doc’s staff assisted him in meeting with Kevin and AFBA Board Member Sandi Marola in signing this historical piece of art.

“The mural is something we hold dearly, we’re so proud to have the autograph of Doc Watson, the final living national artist depicted on it.” Current plans are to have the mural displayed, on loan, to the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensburg, Kentucky.

The Appalachian Fiddle and Bluegrass Association is a non-profit 501c3 organization that promotes the preservation of old time Bluegrass music. Offering a monthly venue for local and regional musicians to perform and listeners to enjoy at the American Legion Hall in Hellertown, Pa., on the second Sunday at noon, October through April, and at the Mountain View Park in Wind Gap, Pa. May through September information, schedules, and links can be found at or phone 610-349-6427.

By Sandi Marola