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.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by YUY Location: Tallahassee on Dec 30, 2010 at 01:20 PM
    Personally I don't care if the artwork stays or goes, but I do want history to be accurately noted. If you don't know (or are unsure) about slavery, please see the video on youtube on slavery and the making of america. Then you all will know how blacks were TRULY treated. Why would anyone come into this type of treatment of their own free will? WE DID NOT!
  • by YUY Location: Tallahassee on Dec 30, 2010 at 09:55 AM
    @Anonymous on Dec 30, 2010 at 09:44 AM Plese understand that people who CHOSE to migrate to the US are different from people who were basically SOLD to slave owners. We did NOT come here of our own free will to work here for nothing. That is why some people have the attitude you describe. I don't hate america, however I feel that things could be better.
  • by GV Location: Ga on Dec 30, 2010 at 09:54 AM
    Boy I can't wait to read all the remarks about Abe Lincoln not discovering America.Now that was funny.
  • by TRUTH Location: TALLHASSEE,FL on Dec 30, 2010 at 07:46 AM
    I AGREE THESE PAINTINGS SHOULD BE TAKEN DOWN; HOWEVER I ALSO FEEL THAT BLACK HISTORY NEED TO BE APART OF THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM FROM ELEMENTARY LEVEL TO HIGH SCHOOL. STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT EVERY NATIONALITY AND ONE MONTH SCHOOLS GO THROUGH THE MOTION TO CLEBRATE BLACK HISTORY IN FEBRUARY WHICH IS THE SHORTEST MONTH OF THE YEAR. WHAT STUDENTS ARE LEARNING IN SCHOOL IS NOT ACCURATE, BECAUSE ANY PERSON WHO REALLY KNOW HISTORY KNOW THAT ABRAHAM LINCOLN DID NOT DISCOVER AMERICA; WE AS A NATION NEED TO BE EDUCATED ON THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOT PARTS OF THE TRUTH TO FIT BECAUSE IT SOUNDS GOOD.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2010 at 06:44 AM
    There are more than blacks that suffered slavery when they came here. And blacks need to be taught that. Recently there was a story about Dr. Gabrielle Lee who died in Tallahassee from a horrible car wreck on Tennessee St that involved many cars. If you read of she and her husband's arrival here many years ago, they had $20 between them and $400 to get started in a house. That was all. But they loved America and they tried. And they worked hard. Like other immigrants. And they became very loved members of our community and they became citizens. They gave back to America and wanted to come here to have a better life than they had in Shanghi. Sometimes I don't think blacks either love America or want it to survive because they sure (as a group) constantly try to divide this country. Isn't it time they gave back instead of standing with hands out saying you owe me? The Lees didn't do that. Most who come here are happy to be here to enjoy the freedom.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2010 at 05:48 AM
    I believe we need to keep these thing up in display as part of our history. It should be a reminder of what happen so history will never repeat itself. That is why we have history in school so that as a young child we can learn about things that have happened in our country that were wrong and positive and take the wrong and learn from it and keep doing the positive. We need history for our children and also us so we will know not to ever do that to any race or person again.
  • by YUY Location: Tallahassee on Dec 30, 2010 at 05:46 AM
    For the RECORD, blacks are the only group that has not been compensated in any way formally/informally, for the oppression they were placed under, as if they don't matter. Other groups have been compensated for the oppressions that were done to them. What you and I learned in k-12 is not totally accurate! I agree History is History. Let it be that, as long as it is TRUTHFUL!
  • by These comments are a MESS!!! Location: Tally on Dec 30, 2010 at 05:43 AM
    @Scott...if you had taken the time to do your research, you would know that Gary Black is indeed a WHITE man!!! Nothing in that article stated that anybody found the paintings/mural offensive. It kills me how some of you CLAIM to know how to read, but a lot of you can't COMPREHEND!!! The sculptor, George Beasley, is a WHITE man and he's asking for them to NOT be removed as they are NOT historically acurate, but a reflection of an artist/painter who was looking for the positive. Again, NOBODY complaining! The article made reference to a mural showing partially naked American Indians...yet you made NO ill comment towards them and their sufferings. Yet, as we get ready to enter 2011...IGNORANCE is still among us and will NEVER disappear if people can't stop ASSUMING and pulling the race card first on something that has NOTHING to do with what an article states. Happy New Year to you and I hope you have a different view of ALL things in 2011.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Tallahassee on Dec 30, 2010 at 05:08 AM
    to ME: you are wrong Why? this is a PART of HISTORY good or bad if you wipe everything that is offensive there will we as a nation ever learn???? HELLO leave the picture RIGHT WHERE IT IS. if we don't learn then we USA will makes the same mistakes over again. That is why Iam a AMERICAN of Irish decent.NOT AN IRISH AMERICAN I left that country behind and started anew.
  • by scott Location: fl. on Dec 29, 2010 at 05:39 PM
    By all means, yes. Lets remove anything that might be offensive to blacks. After all, they're the only group that has suffered any indiginites or discrimination. Are'nt they????
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