Since 1993, PACE (People Achieving Community Enhancement) has commissioned several mural art pieces around the Historic Downtown Thomasville district. Thomasville has long been an industrial city steeped in textiles, furniture, agriculture, and tobacco. Before the 1960s, the historic district was a bustling, beautiful area with beautiful architectural façades and economic life. With the fall of these industries, the city’s center also suffered. Beautifying the city for not only residents, but as a tool for tourism and cultural heritage, PACE, the Beautification Committee, and other city agencies have worked to rebuild and re-energize historic downtown Thomasville with limited financial resources, and with persistent volunteerism.