Where in the World is Evan: Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands

The Living New Deal catalogues projects from all over the United States, and U.S. territories are no different. We have more than 100 projects for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Alaska culled from archival documents. When our Researcher-at-Large Evan Kalish read an article detailing the restoration of New Deal murals at the only FDR-era post office in the U.S. Virgin Islands (following damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017), he knew he had to see them in person. The striking yellow Emancipation Gardens (a.k.a. Alvardo de Lugo) Post Office in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, was built in 1937-38, and features two Section of Fine Arts murals: “The Virgin Islands, U.S. – The Outer World Significance” and “The Virgin Islands, U.S. – The Leisurely Native Tempo.” They were completed by Stevan Dohanos in 1941 and, thanks to USPS’s recent efforts, are in great condition today. Evan has more finds in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, which we’ll feature in a future LowDown.

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