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Labor mural removed by governor back on display

6:07 PM, Jan 15, 2013   |    comments
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Mural painter Judy Taylor

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A mural depicting labor history that Gov. Paul LePage ordered removed from the lobby of the Maine Department of Labor is going back on display.

The LePage administration announced Sunday evening that the mural, which has been hidden away, its whereabouts unknown, will go on display Monday in the atrium of the Cultural Building that serves as the entryway to the Maine State Museum, Maine State Library and Maine State Archives.

The Republican governor created an uproar in 2011 when he ordered the removal of the 11-panel, 7-foot-tall mural because he believed it presented a one-sided view of history that bowed to organized labor.

Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette and Maine State Museum Director Bernard Fishman announced the arrangement. The mural will be on loan for three years, subject to renewal.

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