Postlandia Reports that “USPS Officials Order Historic Murals Covered in 12 States; Considering Removal”

"Cotton--From Field to Mill"

Before and after [covered]: Photographs of the 1940 mural, “Cotton—From Field to Mill,” at the Jackson, Georgia post office, taken Jan. 2008 and Aug. 2020. Photos courtesy Jimmy Emerson.

Evan Kalish, Postlandia founder and Living New Deal researcher at large published a post about the recent USPS Officials order to cover historic murals in 12 states. Kalish writes that, “[i]nternal emails obtained via the Freedom of Information Act reveal that an “artwork workgroup” of high-level United States Postal Service (USPS) officials, including attorneys and USPS’s Federal Preservation Officer, has directed facilities and maintenance personnel to cover up 80-year-old murals housed at 16 post offices spanning 12 states. USPS is considering the murals’ outright removal, and it is unclear whether this initiative will expand to include historic artwork at additional locations.” Read the post here.

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