Dream Street Sparta was removing plywood from the front and back doors of the alleyway between two buildings on Broad Street when it discovered an old African-American barber shop and hand-painted murals.
Dream Streets Sparta believes this barber shop was a multi-generational business owned and operated by grandfather, father and son Willie Worthen.
Either the grandfather or the father painted the mural, the group said. They ask seniors in the community for additional details they remember about the find.
The current owner plans to preserve the art, according to the group. “This is exactly the detail that sets Sparta apart, and the thoughtful preservation is the kind that tourists love to see and hear about,” said Dream Street Sparta.