Maine Loses a Public Mural

Maine’s Republican Governor, Paul LePage, recently ordered the removal of a mural in the state Department of Labor that he considered too ‘biased’ toward workers.  The mural is of recent origin, but the precedent is not good for the many New Deal murals threatened by the sale of post offices or the hasty actions of local officials around the country.  Moreover, the mural featured Maine’s most famous daughter, Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor under FDR and a pillar of the New Deal.  The panel depicting Perkins is shown here.  For a view of the full 36 foot-long mural, see the New York Times.  For more on the story, see the Huffington Post.

Richard A Walker is the director of the Living New Deal.

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