Gordon Cooper Mural
Downtown Shawnee features a Main Street mural in tribute of Shawnee native and “Mercury Seven” astronaut Gordon Cooper. The NASA astronaut passed away in 2004 at the age of 77, and eight years later, in 2012, artists Darryl Carter and Chaz Partin spray-painted a space-themed mural in his honor. This Gordon Cooper mural includes Cooper’s TIME Magazine cover and a black-and-white version of his convertible ride in a parade. Carter and Partin also painted a Project Mercury postage stamp, stars and planets.