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Hale Woodruff's Murals >Talladega College

Rising Up: Hale Woodruff's Murals from Talladega College

In 1938, Talladega College commissioned Hale Woodruff, an African-American muralist, to paint six murals that were installed in the Savery Library on campus, where they remained for more than 70 years.

In 2011, the murals were removed from the walls of the Library as part of a collaborative project between Talladega College and the High Museum to conserve the murals, which are on display at the Museum until September 2012. At the website visitors can not only see images of conservators literally peeling the murals off the library walls, but also examine digital versions of the artwork. For example, zoom in on the Portrait of Cinqué, one of the leaders of the Amistad rebellion, to see biographical information, or follow another link to see a comparison of the figure of a dead mutineer with Géricault's "TheRaft of the Medusa," an art historical icon with which Woodruff would have been familiar. Other murals in the series are: The Trial of the Amistad Captives, The Repatriation of the Freed Captives, The Underground Railroad, Opening Day at Talladega College, and The Building of Savery Library. [DS]

FROM: The Scout Report V18N26 June 29, 2012

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