he whimsical horses of Around Town Carousels Abound trotted into Meridian, Mississippi, in November 2000 as the brainchild of Debbie Martin and Jamie Cater. This permanent public art exhibit serves as a fun and fanciful display of artistic talent as well as financially benefits Hope Village for Children.

“Around Town Carousels Abound is more than a collection of beautifully painted horses,” says Sela Ward (actress and founder of Hope Village) “It is a testament to what communities can do when they come together to help their least fortunate children.” Ms. Ward’s active involvement in both the Carousel project and Hope Village is an affirmation of her love for the arts and dedication to children.

Since Meridian is home to our nation’s last original Dentzel Carousel, it makes perfect sense that our horses honor this treasured landmark. Over 70 horses have been corralled by area sponsors, “groomed” by local artists, and herded throughout our city. Each horse stands proud as a constant reminder of the imaginative spirit of childhood.


Just as an adult lifts a child onto a carousel horse, so too does this project lift the children of Mississippi onto a road of hope.