UT removing historic mural, looking for a new home to display it

1:43 PM, Jul 19, 2013   |    comments
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On Friday, contractors started the careful task of removing a piece of U.T. history from a building set to be demolished.

The university partnered with "Ever Greene Architectural Arts" to remove the Greenwood mural from the University Center.

The massive 29x6 foot mural depicts the history of music in Tennessee.  It sparked controversy in the 60's and 70's, when some objected to the artwork's depiction of African-Americans.  It was vandalized and repaired.

In 1972, the mural was covered in paneling. The paneling was removed and replaced with Plexiglas and curtains in 2007.

Now the mural will be removed and restored, to be displayed in another location, though the university has not decided where.  Officials say it's too big to fit another campus buildings.  They are looking for a museum or gallery that could display it.

The U.C. is being torn down to make way for a new, larger Student Union.

 

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