Re: Enlighten or Erase? Saving the Depression Era WPA murals at George Washington High School

04/21/19 - posted by Paul Judge

The following is from Lope Yap Jr., Vice President of the GWHS Alumni Association email:

Please continue to share our message to preserve the WPA era ‘Life of Washington’ murals. There has been nationwide press and editorial coverage on this issue. We need to influence the members of the Board of Education. The current count of the B. of E. Members: 3 in favor destroying the mural, 2 leaning in that direction and 1-2 opposed to accept the recommendation to white wash or permanently remove the walls that host artist Victor Arnautoff's fresco murals.

Please sign the GWHSAA Petition Letter (1,200+ signers)


Please send Individual Letters to SFUSD Board of Education Member Emails:

In the late 1960s, when the “Life of Washington” murals came under fire, particularly from African-American students, Dewey Crumpler, then in his early 20s, was tapped to create new murals in response. His paintings, a triptych of murals called “Multi-Ethnic Heritage,” are still at the high school. Hear his thoughts about art and preserving the work of artists in this interview with Alex Lash of The Frisc

Lope will be discussing the effort to save the murals on KQED FM Forum 9 AM - 11 AM with Michael Krasny this coming Tuesday (04/23) or Wednesday (04/24) - The day has not been firmed up.

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