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Picture This: Wilmington Residents Have Grit

Pastor Dow Tippett holds a small wooden cross that bears the word “grit” as part of the art project ";s:

Art teacher Doug Davis always knew Wilmington residents had grit, especially after they rebounded from devastating job losses in 2009 when DHL pulled out of the city's Air Park.

Long-time local school teacher Virgene Webb Peterson possesses grit.

He's now putting it into pictures based on a global art project called Inside Out. It features huge posters of residents on the side of buildings.

Davis reflects on the hard times. "We did kind of get a big punch and we lost a lot but people that make up Wilmington never left and we stayed here and we pulled together and we helped each other out."

He wants to commemorate them and asked people to nominate farmers, doctors, students, World War II vets and more. A professional photographer has taken their pictures and each person wrote a narrative. The huge photos will be pasted to buildings beginning October 15.

The poster-sized black and white photos will soon be seen on the Buckley Brothers silos, the Murphy Theater and more.


With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.