UK president releases recommendations for covered mural

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – University of Kentucky officials plan to unveil a controversial mural in Memorial Hall and surround it with other works of art and more context.

Media outlets report that President Eli Capilouto announced the plans for the artwork Thursday.

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The mural was painted in the 1930s and has been criticized because of its depictions of blacks and native Americans as it portrays Lexington’s history. Last year, Capilouto ordered the painting to be covered up and appointed a task force to decide its future.

The task force has recommended that the mural be unveiled and surrounded by other works of art that Capilouto says will provide a larger narrative of the university’s history.

Capilouto also released five “pillars” to improve campus diversity, which include creating a core class on race and ethnicity.

 

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.