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Murals depicting lynching of Indian man an issue


Two murals that depict the lynching of an Indian man are the subject of controversy in Idaho.

The murals are located in a now-abandoned county courthouse in Boise. But since the building is going to be used as the Idaho Legislature while the Statehouse undergoes renovations, tribal leaders and some state politicians say the paintings need to be removed or painted over.

Local preservationists say they will fight efforts to change the murals, citing their artistic and historic value. They were commissioned in the 1940s under a federal project that also produced controversial murals in the Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Legislature's move could force Idaho to address murals of Indian lynching (AP 4/11)

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