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Student Labor Mural Play to come to Hallowell on April 9

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 HALLOWELL, Maine — Students from Deering High School in Portland will travel to Hallowell to perform “Tribute: The Maine Mural Play,” at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at Hallowell City Hall Auditorium.

 The Frances Perkins Center in Newcastle, along with workers’ rights law firm McTeague Higbee, are sponsoring the performance, which is inspired by Judy Taylor’s famous mural depicting scenes from Maine labor history that now hangs at the entrance to the Maine State Museum in Augusta.

Deering High School teacher and drama coach Kathleen Harris wrote the one-act play.

Attorney Jeffrey Neil Young of McTeague Higbee provided pro bono services to represent plaintiffs who sued the state for the public’s right to view the mural after Gov. Paul LePage ordered it be taken down and placed in an undisclosed location.

“While we didn’t win the battle in the courts, we did win it in the minds of the public,” notes Young in a press release. “We are thrilled to see the mural placed back in public view in the Maine State Museum. Even more so, we are excited to see other groups join our efforts to keep the mural and Maine’s labor history alive. I saw the play at Deering High School and McTeague Higbee is pleased to support the students’ efforts to educate Mainers about our often overlooked labor history.”

Tickets to the performance are free, with donations accepted at the door.  Advance registration is strongly suggested. Reservations may be made at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/357109.   A discussion will follow the half-hour performance.

“Tribute” also will be performed on April 28 at the Franco American Heritage Center in Lewiston as part of the Workers Memorial Day dinner sponsored by the Western Maine Central Labor Council.