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|Laborfest: Saving Labor Murals|
|Date||Thursday July 07|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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Berkeley City College Auditorium - 2050 Center St., Berkeley
|Event Type||Panel Discussion|
The Unremitting War on Labor Art and History: The Trial of Refregier's Murals at Rincon Annex to the Censorship of the Maine Murals Today"
Following his slim electoral victory in 2011, the Republican Governor of Maine stripped a mural depicting Maine labor history from the walls of Maine’s Labor Department building and hid it. The mural includes a depiction of Maine’s native daughter Frances Perkins, first woman cabinet member, Secretary of Labor under all the terms of President Franklin Roosevelt and (among many other things) the person we can thank for Social Security and unemployment insurance. It also depicts the industries of the state and scenes of working people. This event will include a live video appearance by the mural’s creator Judy Taylor, a background on the Congressional attempt to destroy the New Deal murals at San Francisco’s Rincon Annex Post Office, and some history of New Deal public art programs. Presentors are geographer Gray Brechin of the Living New Deal Project and Harvey Smith of the National New Deal Preservation Association.
This event is co-sponsored by the Berkeley City College Social Science Department.