MEDFORD - The Dr. James Still Education Center has invited the public to create designs for murals to display at the center that reflect on Still's "life and home community."

Still, the son of slaves, was an esteemed maker of herbal medicines in the 19th century and had his home and office in Medford.

The center, operated under the direction of the Medford Historical Society, is inviting artists of all ages and experience, as well as group efforts by schools, families, Scout troops and houses of worship, to submit proposed designs, in full color on paper.

A committee will select at least six designs, which the artist or artist-group will be asked to reproduce exactly on four-foot square boards for permanent display. All designs, which should be square in proportion, must be submitted by Feb. 1. The committee will announce the winners March 15, and the finished works will be unveiled June 14.

The center, at 211 Church Rd., is a converted farmhouse adjacent to Dr. Still's former office. Submissions may be mailed to P.O. Box 553, Medford, N.J. 08055, or delivered to the center.

Questions may be directed to Bill Stauts, the historical society's president, at

- David O'Reilly