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Maine Labor Mural Resonates with Visitors

Maine Labor Mural Resonates with Visitors

The Maine labor history mural that finally was returned to public display this month after Gov. Paul LePage (R) ordered it removed from the state Department of Labor in 2011 is attracting a steady stream of visitors at its new home.

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Deanna Bonner-Ganter, curator of photography, art and archives at the Maine State Museum where the mural now resides, says many of the visitors:

Have stories of their own to share, and of parents, grandparents, who have worked in mills for example. We have placed two descriptive binders of the panels in the atrium and have added tablets for people’s comments, which they are generously adding, quite reflective.

LePage, who supports “right to work” for less laws and has pushed to weaken child labor laws, claimed the mural was anti-business and akin to North Korean propaganda.

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