Rest Of The Country Wondering Why “The Most Famous Piece Of Artwork In Maine” Looks Like A Fourth-Grade Art Class Collage

Maine labor mural collage

Maine labor mural collageThe legal battle over what one lawyer called “the most famous piece of artwork in Maine” moved Monday to Boston, where the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments over the removal of a mural depicting the state’s labor history. The 11-panel mural features women shipbuilders during World War II, the 1986 International Paper strike in Jay, child laborers and part-time Maine resident Frances Perkins, who as President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s labor secretary was integral to the creation of a minimum wage, Social Security and other aspects of Roosevelt’s New Deal. Gov. Paul LePage ordered the mural removed in March 2011 because he said it presented a one-sided view of history and was not in keeping with the pro-business message of his administration. U.S. District Judge John Woodcock ruled earlier this year that the mural constituted “government speech” and the governor was within his rights to remove it. (read more at Bangor Daily News)