"Where Southern Hospitality Begins" by Carl Ackerman (5 September 1964).

In the early 1960s, City Manager Frank Gerlach and others championed a new slogan for the City of Portsmouth — “Where Southern Hospitality Begins.” In the summer of 1964, a welcome sign with the slogan was painted on the then bare concrete flood wall at Front and Court Streets. As the fates would have it, the weather was near perfect for the city's second annual River Days celebration and Carl Ackerman himself had the presence of mind to photograph the sign and what could be remembered as the first Portsmouth flood wall mural.