Labor mural to be moved to new location in Maine

March 25, 2011

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AUGUSTA, Maine—A mural depicting the history of the labor movement that was ordered removed from a Maine state office building is going to take up residence at Portland City Hall.

Gov. Paul LePage incensed labor officials when he ordered the removal of the 36-foot mural from the lobby of the building that houses the Maine Department of Labor.

On Friday, LePage said he appreciates the history represented by the mural created by artist Judy Taylor. But he said artwork displayed in that building must reflect the department's goal of balancing the interests "of both employees and employers to accomplish its mission."

Rep. Ben Chipman of Portland initiated the discussion to move the mural to Maine's largest city. He says the move will keep it on public display.