Restricted Underground Railroad mural controversy: It's "racist"


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Vermont Law School mural viewed as racist will be painted over

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Vermont Law School mural court hearing to take place at the school

Laconia Daily Sun, Aug 11, 2021
SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. — A hearing in the federal lawsuit an artist has filed against Vermont Law School is set to take place at the school this fall.

In a recent filing, U.S. District Court set the hearing for 10 a.m. Oct. 8 in the law school’s Oakes Hall.

The venue is adjacent to VLS’ Chase Community Center, where artist Sam Kerson painted two murals in 1993 and 1994 depicting Vermont’s role in the Underground Railroad. In recent years, criticism of the murals’ depiction of African Americans has led to calls for their removal.

The law school announced plans last year to paint over the murals. Kerson filed suit in December, saying that the federal Visual Artists Rights Act prevents the law school from covering them up.

While U.S. District Court Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford ruled in March that the law school could cover the murals, so long as the murals aren’t harmed, he later gave Kerson more time to determine whether the law school’s plan might damage the paintings.

Debate Continues Over Vermont Law School's Underground Railroad Murals That Black Students Call Racist

Sept 6, 2021
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