San Francisco School Board Votes to Cover George Washington Mural


Jul 6, 2019 - 9:25

[caption id="attachment_79363" align="aligncenter" width="900"] A panel of the "Life of Washington" mural (GWHS Alumni Association/Facebook).[/caption] A school board in San Francisco has unanimously voted to cover several murals at a high school because of its images of slavery and an image depicting a dead Native American.  On June 25, the San Francisco school board voted to cover the 13-panel mural at George Washington High School, which was painted in 1936...

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3 Replies to “San Francisco School Board Votes to Cover George Washington Mural”

  1. Hello Maria. I find, anytime I see a headline on the northstar that piques my interest enough to read the full story, I see that it is written by you. I’m a disabled, gay, black man in living in Oakland and was unfamiliar with the story. So thanks for the info.
    My first reaction was, that it was a no brainer that they should cover the mural, however after reading the quotes from the change.org petition, I actually changed my view. I feel that the murals should stay, BUT only if it is a mandatory teaching tool. Students of color, in particular, should not have to be exposed to the mural on a daily basis. I feel that the mural can be covered, for example, with a curtain or some other type of partition that is easily removed by faculty, for when they want to expose students to the mural for educational purposes only.

  2. I see your point and understand your change of heart and I still don’t think those murals need to stay at the high school. They can serve an educational purpose elsewhere — murals in schools should highlight the culture and achievements of the students.

  3. Interesting views though I think, lack leadership and elements of academic prowess. I believe an educational environment should not be limited to what makes students feel comfortable at the sake of honest reality and artistic expression. Here we have an artist and an immigrant’s view and artistic expression of our country in 1936. You would cover it to preserve what? The touchy feely wants and desires of spoiled children and over sensitive minorities.
    Kinda sad.

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