Posted on December 29, 2010

New Ag Commissioner Wants Paintings Removed

Atlanta Journal Constitution, December 28, 2010


Commissioner-elect Gary Black [the incoming agriculture commissioner] told WXIA-TV that seven pictures in the lobby of the Agriculture Department in Atlanta will go into storage. The Republican takes office next month.

{snip} Two paintings depict slavery, which was allowed in Georgia until the practice was outlawed after the Civil War.

Another shows partially clothed American Indians.

Black said several scenes “are not acceptable today” and don’t represent modern agriculture.