Slavery Paintings Coming Down from Atlanta Office

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Atlanta, GA (AP) - A newly elected commissioner will remove murals
depicting an idealized version of slavery from the lobby of
Georgia's Agriculture Department.

Republican Gary Black said he does not like the murals and will
send those he considers most objectionable to the archives when he
takes office next month. Black said the department can do a better
job showing modern farming.

He will also take down a mural showing partially naked American
Indians. Paintings of an early agriculture laboratory scene and a
market may be displayed elsewhere in the Atlanta building.

The paintings were finished by the late George Beattie in 1956.
His friend, sculptor George Beasley, said the paintings should
stay. Beasley said the works are not historically accurate, but
they reflect a painter who looked for the positive.

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