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Labor Mural Removed by Governor Back on Display
01/14/2013 7:55 AM ET  
Labor Mural Panel Wide Shot

A mural depicting labor history that Gov. Paul LePage ordered removed from the lobby of the Maine Department of Labor is going back on display.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The LePage administration announced Sunday evening that the mural, which has been hidden away, its whereabouts unknown, will go on display Monday in the atrium of the Cultural Building that serves as the entryway to the Maine State Museum, Maine State Library and Maine State Archives.


LePage's predecessor, Democrat John Baldacci, said he's glad the fuss seems to be coming to an end.


"I think you should be able to display all the works of art that are there that reflect all the diversity in our state," Baldacci said.

The Republican governor created an uproar in 2011 when he ordered the removal of the 11-panel, 7-foot-tall mural because he believed it presented a one-sided view of history that bowed to organized labor.

Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette and Maine State Museum Director Bernard FishmanLabor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette and Maine State Museum Director Bernard Fishman announced the arrangement. The mural will be on loan for three years, subject to renewal.

Richard Bamforth of Augusta showed up Monday to take a look. He was angry when LePage removed the mural but said the new home seems to be an appropriate venue.


Photos by Susan Sharon.


(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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