A slice of Rock Hill history made its debut Friday as local historian John Miskelly unveils a $4,000 mural chronicling his former employer, David Rogers’, successful efforts to remove a roof over Main Street and reopen Rock Hill’s downtown corridor after nearly two decades as a mall.
In the two years since Rogers’ death, Miskelly quietly raised the money to fund the mural, which will sit on what is now Cotton Alley adjacent to the Wells Fargo bank building.
Rogers moved to Rock Hill in 1994 and won the city contract to remove the roof over Main Street, a move Miskelly says was badly needed.
Miskelly said Rogers’ efforts were championed by then-Rock Hill Mayor Betty Jo Rhea and other forward-thinking city leaders. The mural is an effort to capture those efforts.
Today, Rock Hill’s Main Street has taken on a new life, with new businesses, tenants, and plans for a five-story condominium complex at what is now the site of the former Woolworth’s lunch counter.