Alabama Mural Depicting African-Americans Picking Cotton on Plantation Remains in Courthouse

Alabama Mural Depicting African-Americans Picking Cotton on Plantation Remains in Courthouse
November 05 19:00 2015 Print This Article

In Alabama a committee is set to decide what to do about a courthouse mural depicting African-Americans picking cotton.

The mural shows African-Americans picking cotton as whites ride by in stately fashion atop horses. Another mural shows a segregation scene, sans the cotton.

A committee will meet on November 18 to decide what to do about the murals:

From WBRC:

Commissioner Brown complained about the murals and she led the effort to create a diverse 17-member committee to recommend to the commission what to do with the murals. 

“I don’t like destroying history and history is history but that history down there now is incomplete. It’s like 50 years old or more. So it’s time for the real history and up-to-date history to be put in place in the lobby,” Brown said.

 

Brown said taking the murals down may damage the murals. The commissioner points out there are two blank spots in the lobby where new, updated murals could tell the diverse story of Jefferson County. 

 

The commissioner says some African Americans have told her the murals are a part of history while some white voters have told her the murals should come down.

 

The committee will be meeting in two weeks. They will have up to 120 days to decide what to do with murals. Their decision could come even sooner.

Once again, welcome to post-racial America.

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Bubiwoman
Bubiwoman

Let the painting hang there as a reminder that we picked cotton and and worked ourselves to death in building the foundation on which American wealth was built. We did it all for free. This picture is our reminder that we would like to have our check for services rendered, lives lost and generations damaged.