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18:45  14 august  2019
18:45  14 august  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

SF school board reverses course, decides to save controversial mural

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The San Francisco Board of Education voted unanimously this week to cover a series of murals at George Washington High School that includes images of a dead Native American and slaves at work. A debate about the series of 13 murals , called “The Life of George Washington

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San Francisco's school board voted Tuesday not to destroy, but rather to cover up and preserve, a mural depicting slavery, a murdered Native American and George Washington.

George Washington mural at San Francisco high school to be covered© Eric Risberg, AP In this Aug. 1, 2019, file photo, people fill the main entryway of George Washington High School to view the controversial 13-panel, 1,600-square foot mural, the "Life of Washington," during an open house for the public in San Francisco.

The school board had voted in June to paint over the controversial mural but after public outcry, it amended the decision and decided that it would remove the mural from public view without destroying it.

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CBS San Francisco reports that the board approved of removing the mural unanimously on Most of the 0,000 earmarked for the project will go toward a required environmental review and to cover George Washington High School has about 2,000 students. Nearly all are people of color and many

The San Francisco School Board's decision to paint over his mural is prompting some to worry that other Should a lawsuit or other delay arise, it will be covered up until the issues are resolved. George Washington High School has about 2,000 students. Nearly all are people of color and many

The vote was split 4-3 among the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education.

"Where we all agree is that the mural depicts the racist history of America, especially in regards to African Americans and Native Americans," School Board President Stevon Cook said in a statement. "It is important that we all share the agreement and acknowledgement of racism, discrimination, and the dehumanizing of people of color and women in American history."

The mural, titled "Life of Washington" and located at George Washington High School, was commissioned in 1936 under a New Deal era art program and painted by Victor Arnautoff.

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CBS San Francisco reports that the board approved of removing the mural unanimously on Most of the 0,000 earmarked for the project will go toward a required environmental review and to cover George Washington High School has about 2,000 students. Nearly all are people of color and many

Controversial George Washington mural to be painted over at San Francisco high school . San Francisco will spend up to 0,000 to paint over historical artwork at a public school depicting the Painting it over won't happen immediately. Should a lawsuit or other delay arise, it will be covered up

The 1,600-square-foot painting shows a Native American's body on the ground under white American settlers and enslaved people working at Washington's estate.

The school board also voted to digitize the mural so it can be studied by students and art historians, even though it will not be in the public view.

Robert Cherny, a professor emeritus at San Francisco State University and biographer of Arnautoff, said at a school board meeting  in March 2018 that the mural's purpose was to provide a "counter narrative" for students about westward expansion and the country's slave trade, according to local news outlet the Richmond Review/Sunset Beacon.

Some wanted the mural painted over because of its dehumanizing depictions of Native Americans and enslaved people while others wanted it to remain in public view to remind students of the stark realities of the United States' history.

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A high school in San Francisco is considering three options for censoring a mural of George Washington deemed problematic by the local activist community The school board is currently deciding between three different plans, all of which involve destroying the mural , or covering it up.

The San Francisco Board of Education voted to cover “The Life of Washington ,” a mural cycle from George Washington High School contains major works by three other W.P.A. artists There certainly need to be detailed plaques or text panels that aid in understanding the murals as history

Teacher Virginia Marshall told KTVU-TV, "I am a great-granddaughter of a slave. I don’t need a mural in my school or office to tell me I’m a slave."

However, actor Danny Glover, who attended the high school, compared covering the mural up to a "book burning," KPIX-TV reported.

"I view Arnautoff's murals, as they were for me, a reminder of the horrors of human bondage and the mistreatment of native peoples, even by the father of our country. To destroy them or block them from view would be akin to book burning. We would be missing the opportunity for enhanced historic introspection this moment has provided us," he said in a statement to the station.

George Washington mural at San Francisco high school to be covered© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc.

"Leave that mural alone," the Rev. Amos Brown, president of the San Francisco NAACP, said at Tuesday night's meeting, according to KTVU-TV. "It tells the whole truth about Mr. Washington being complicit in the slave trade."

Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow USA TODAY's Ryan Miller on Twitter: @RyanW_Miller

George Washington mural at San Francisco high school to be covered
George Washington mural at San Francisco high school to be covered
George Washington mural at San Francisco high school to be covered
George Washington mural at San Francisco high school to be covered
George Washington mural at San Francisco high school to be covered
George Washington mural at San Francisco high school to be covered
George Washington mural at San Francisco high school to be covered
George Washington mural at San Francisco high school to be covered
George Washington mural at San Francisco high school to be covered

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