We’re going down a bad road when politicians like the Maine governor start removing images of labor history like the mural in the Maine state Department of Labor office in Augusta that he ordered to be removed. Read the article from the Lewiston, Me., newspaper, the Sun Journal here. The Governor’s office spokesman said unnamed business owners had said the mural was “hostile to business.”
The mural was erected in 2008 following a jury selection by the Maine Arts Commission and a $60,000 federal grant. Judy Taylor, the artist from Seal Cove, said Tuesday that her piece was never meant to be political, simply a depiction of Maine’s labor history. The 11-panel piece depicts several moments, including the 1937 shoe mill strike in Auburn and Lewiston, “Rosie the Riveter” at Bath Iron Works, and the paper mill workers’ strike of 1986 in Jay.