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June 11, 2019 – “Erasing History” SF Washington High & The Victor Arnautoff Murals With Gray Brechin

Historian and geographer Gray Brechin talks about the effort to destroy the historic Victor Arnautoff murals at Washington High in San Francisco. He discusses the history of the murals including their exposure of the history of George Washington.  He also discusses other efforts to remove murals at Coit Tower and at Rincon annex because of their political content. African American and Native American students at the school have demanded that the murals be removed. Since the San Francisco Unified School District does not have the funds they would have to destroy the historic murals.
This interview was done by Steve Zeltzer of WorkWeek radio on 5/28/19.
Production of Labor Video Project
For additional media:
Victor Arnautoff: San Francisco’s Master Muralist of the 1930’s
These High School Murals Depict an Ugly History. Should They Go?
When conservatives went to war over SF post office murals
Murals at Washington High School Stoke Debate: Board to Decide Their Fate
Murals at Washington High School Stoke Debate: Board to Decide Their Fate
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