Anne Poor painted this mural, “Gleason Agriculture” under the Treasury Section of Fine Arts in 1942. It was one of the last murals painted in Tennessee for the Treasury Section.
“The theme of the painting is the sweet potato industry of Gleason. Workers are preparing baskets for shipping. At the extreme right of the picture is a generalized portrait of the late ‘father’ of sweet potato culture, Mr. W. R. Hawks. The picturesque building in the background is the Gleason railroad depot…. As a final tribute to sweet potatoes, the entire painting is framed with a border of lush green leaves signaling a prosperity that will last long into the future.” (Tennessee Post Office Murals, p. 63)
Originally posted in the New Deal Art Registry http://www.wpamurals.com/gleason.htm Howard Hull, Tennessee Post Office Murals