"Pocahontas Saving the Life of Captain John Smith"National Archives Record Group 121-GA: Records of the Public Building Service; Prints – Photographs of Paintings and Sculptures Commissioned by the Sect. of Fine Arts, 1934-1943
The former Parcel Post Building in Richmond, Virginia housed multiple examples of New Deal artwork: murals by Paul Cadmus and Jared French, respectively, which were commissioned by the Treasury Section of Fine Arts.
Paul Cadmus’s work was a [multi-panel?] mural with respective titles: “Pocahontas Saving the Life of Captain John Smith,” “Walter Raleigh,” and “William Byrd.”
Believed to be removed from the Parcel Post Building in the 1960s, the mural was found rolled up in storage in Philadelphia. Since restored, the work is now housed in the library at the Lewis F. Powell Jr. United States Courthouse, which is next door to the former Parcel Post Building.
"Wall-to-wall America: Post Office Murals in the Great Depression," by Karal Ann Marling (pp. 282-287). https://www.wpamurals.com/virginia.htm Facilities manager, librarian at facility
Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on April 18, 2017.
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