Slavery murals ordered out of Georgia state office

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ATLANTA — Murals of slaves harvesting sugar cane on a Georgia plantation and picking and ginning cotton are coming off the walls of a state building on the order of a new agriculture commissioner.

The murals are part of a collection of eight works painted by George Beattie in 1956 depicting an idealized version of Georgia farming, from the corn grown by prehistoric American Indians to a 20th century veterinary lab. In the Deep South, the history in between includes the use of slave labor.

"I don't like those pictures," said Gary Black, the newly elected agriculture commissioner. "There are a lot of other people who don't like them."...

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