A 1934 mural depicting the history of the region is now in danger of being torn down by the political correctness crowd at the University of Kentucky.
According to Campus Reform, two dozen black students have taken objection to the painting's portrayal of black people working in a tobacco field and playing music for white dancers and an American Indian threatening settlers with a tomahawk at Bryan's Station in Lexington.
University president Eli Capitlouto said, “One African American student recently told me that each time he walks into class at Memorial Hall he looks at the black men and women toiling in tobacco fields and receives the terrible reminder that his ancestors were enslaved, subjugated by his fellow humans. The frustrations [these students] raised have been voiced by so many other members of our community and beyond it: that their University — our University — is willing to sustain a work of art that they find to be a painful and degrading personification of a false, romanticized rendering of our shared history.”
But Wendell Berry, a relative or the painter, defended the artwork for its historical accuracy, saying "I cannot understand the University of Kentucky’s decision to hide Ann Rice O’Hanlon’s fresco in Memorial Hall. The reason given is only that it shows people doing what they actually did. Black people did work in tobacco fields. Black musicians did play for white dancers. Indians did seriously threaten the settlers at Bryan’s Station."
An effort to remove the mural in 2006 was denied by then-president Lee Todd, who felt the painting was an important historical piece.
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