Lakeland, Georgia Is Peach State's New "Mural City"

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Several dozen murals line the buildings of Lakeland, east of Valdosta.

The murals depict the history of the old mill town by remembering its first residents.

Longtime residents say they are honored that the governor has recognized their city's history.

Jody Hamm says, "It really is good. We appreciate the governor coming. We appreciate his staff all taking time to visit us here so we can share our community and get more attention to the murals we have because it is a wonderful tourist attraction."

The murals are the brainchild of a Lakeland resident and have been growing in number since 1998. Gov. Perdue says the paintings help preserve Georgia's history.