- Cairo, IL
- Site Type:
- Post Offices, Federal Facilities, Federal Courthouses
- New Deal Agencies:
- Treasury Department, Federal & Military Operations
- Site Survival:
This federal courthouse and post office was constructed by the Treasury Department in 1942. The building now houses just the post office.
The Treasury Section of Fine Arts also provided a mural by Wendell Jones for the new building. However, Cairo residents refused to accept it. The mural “Sandbagging the Bulkheads” was the fourth mural Jones executed for the Section and was meant to be the consolation prize for being voted runner up to Anton Refregier in the San Francisco Rincon Annex competition. It was completed in 1944. After it was rejected by Cairo, the government sent it to DC to become part of an international mural exhibition at the end of WWII. It was subsequently lost, but tempera on panel sketches and a pencil study for the mural, as well as a color transparency of the original, are still extant. Images have been provided to this site by the artist’s son.
Site originally submitted by Peter Jones on September 13, 2013.
Additional contributions by Evan Kalish.
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