Labor mural removed in Maine

March 29, 2011 at 7:59 AM
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AUGUSTA, Maine, March 29 (UPI) -- A mural depicting the history of the workers' movement in Maine has been removed from the lobby of the state's Labor Department, a spokeswoman said.

Press secretary Adrienne Bennett said Republican Gov. Paul LePage followed through with his decision to seek a better place for the mural, CNN reported Tuesday.

"The mural has been removed and is in storage awaiting relocation to a more appropriate venue," Bennett said in a prepared statement.

Bennett told the Kennebec Journal in Augusta there has been so much publicity surrounding the mural that its storage location is being kept a secret.

Controversy over the 36-foot-long, 11-panel work of art erupted last week when a LePage administration official announced its removal along with plans to rename conference rooms that currently honor icons of the American labor movement.

Administration officials said the change was needed to reflect a new image for the department, not one that is tilted toward organized labor.

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