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University of Kentucky to cover controversial campus mural

LEXINGTON, Ky. — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has decided to cover a campus mural from 1934 that shows scenes from state history, including black workers in a tobacco field and a Native American with a tomahawk.
Capilouto wrote on the school’s website Monday that he met with a group of students recently and understood their frustrations over the mural.
The move comes two weeks after Capilouto hosted a sit down with 24 undergraduate, graduate and professional AFRIKAN students — who detailed the emotions stirred up by the mural.
The mural, Capilouto said in a statement, is an “artistic presentation of contrasts and contradictions” but he acknowledged the hurt it caused some students, WKYT reports.
“A product of the 1930s perspective of the artist and her times, we are left today with the task of confronting the unsettling questions it raises for our sense of community,” he said. “And it is a point of deeply held concern for the two dozen Black and African American students who talked with me and other members of the University administration two weeks ago.”
A Quick Poll on the Website Asked:
Do you think the mural should be removed?
8%Yes
92%No
‪#‎TheyAreNotGoingDownWithoutAFight‬

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