Controversial Maine labor mural to go on display in Mass.

The first three panels of artist Judy Taylor's labor mural that Gov. Paul LePage had removed from the Maine Department of Labor offices in Augusta.
Courtesy of Judy Taylor
The first three panels of artist Judy Taylor's labor mural that Gov. Paul LePage had removed from the Maine Department of Labor offices in Augusta.
Posted April 20, 2012, at 5:32 a.m.

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Eleven panels of a mural removed from the lobby of the Maine Department of Labor will be on display in Everett Mill as part of the city’s commemoration of the textile mill strike of 1912.

The 36-foot long mural was created by artist Judy Taylor in 2008 after a juried selection and $60,000 grant.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage had the mural removed last year after residents complained it was too political.

Taylor said it depicts the state of Maine’s labor history including the shoe mill strike in 1937, Rosie the Riveter and paper mill workers strike in 1986.

Taylor and the curator, Nancy Nesvet, made the reproductions for the traveling exhibit.

The themes in the mural and the exhibit texts are closely related to the 1912 textile strike in Lawrence.

If you go

What: The History of the Maine Mural

When: Sunday to May 6. Opening reception is Sunday, 1 p.m. Exhibit Hours are Tuesdays to Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Everett Mill, 15 Union St., sixth floor.

© 2012 The Eagle-Tribune

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