Tilton Park Tile Mural
Celebrating Wilmington's history and the life Dr. James Tilton
Beginning in 2010, the 5th District Neighborhood Planning Council collaborated with mosaic tile artist Sharon Jones of SJ Studios to fabricate a picturesque informational mural in Tilton Park. The park covers approximately 3 acres and features a wide variety of beautiful shade trees which are complimented by flowering trees. Of special note are the flowering Japanese Kwanzan Cherry Trees, which offer a special treat to neighbors each spring.
Working in conjunction with Sophia Hanson of the Department of Planning and Stan Kozicki, Project Manager for the Department of Parks and Recreation, the 5th District NPC recently funded park repairs and upgrades, including new lighting and benches. The NPC was then inspired to add an artistic element to the park designed to link residents and visitors to the history of the park and Wilmington. Through this effort, the idea of the mural was born.
The NPC’s primary goal was to depict the historic themes (including that of the park’s namesake Dr. James Tilton) and industries intrinsic to Wilmington and to Delaware. The images range widely from Delaware agricultural and chemical inventions to banking and finance. The mural also features scenes of children playing soccer and images of Quakers and the Underground Railroad. The mural is comprised of over 2,300 handmade 2” x 2” tiles inset into a 90’ brick face sitting wall with a bluestone cap. The 5th District NPC is very pleased with the artistic mural and encourages Wilmington residents and visitors to visit Tilton Park to view the mural.
To view the gallery, open the first image and then scroll through the gallery using the arrows on the left and right of each image.
Tilton Park Mural Dedication Ceremony
About Dr. James Tilton
(June 1, 1745 - May 14, 1822)
James Tilton had a long and distriguished career in the military and as a physician. He served as Surgeon General from June 11, 1813 until June 15, 1815.
Visit this link to read a biography of Dr. Tilton courtesy of the U.S. Army Medical Department, Office of Medical History.
Visit the Mural
The Tilton Park Tile Mural is located on North Broom Street between 7th & 8th Streets.