Following up on my earlier post, Vermont Law School To Paint Over Mural Celebrating State's Role In The Underground Railroad And Abolitionist Movement Because Depiction Of Blacks 'Made Some People Uncomfortable':
Valley News, Vermont Law School Gives Artist 90 Days to Remove Mural Deemed Offensive:
The Vermont Law School Board of Trustees has given an artist 90 days to remove a controversial mural depicting slavery before the school itself will remove it.
The decision, announced Friday evening after the board met that day, varied slightly from an earlier statement this month from VLS President and Dean Thomas McHenry that it would “paint over” the mural by artist Sam Kerson. McHenry had previously noted that many in the VLS community now find the mural “offensive” because of its depictions of African Americans.
Painted and installed in the VLS Chase Community Center in 1993, “The Underground Railroad, Vermont and the Fugitive Slave” “celebrates the efforts of black and white Americans in Vermont and throughout the United States to achieve freedom and justice,” Kerson’s website says. ...
VLS on Friday said the Board of Trustees agreed with their concerns and with McHenry’s recommendation, but also would allow Kerson a chance to remove the mural to comply with the Visual Artists Rights Act [17 U.S.C. § 106A].
Kerson, who turns 74 on Tuesday and now lives in Quebec, said on Saturday that he had not been officially notified yet by VLS of its decision, and said he was uncertain of how he would proceed. ...
In their earlier letter raising concerns about the mural, VLS students Jameson Davis and April Urbanowski said that Kerson might have meant well when he created the work more than 25 years ago, but that “the story of Black experiences should be told by Black people.”