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

In the mid-1960s, City Manager Frank Gerlach and others championed a new slogan for the City of Portsmouth — “Where Southern Hospitality Begins.” Just in time for the first River Days Festival in September 1964, a new Welcome sign 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 and Carl Ackerman himself had the presence of mind to photograph the new Welcome sign and what could be remembered as the first Portsmouth flood wall mural.

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