NH town wants feedback on new text accompanying Native American post office mural
DURHAM — Town officials are looking for feedback on a draft of a document that is designed to put the city's historical mural in context and remove concern over what some see as disturbing.
The mural, created with 16 panels that depict portions of the town's history and titled "Pages From the Past," is in the town's post office.
United States Postal Service historian Jennifer Lynch has written text to accompany the mural, which was created in 1959, that explains what is depicted in the artwork. Of particular concern to some in the town is one panel that shows a crouching native carrying a torch, apparently prepared to attack a setter's home. It represents what is now known as the Oyster River Massacre.
The mural's visual chapters have titles such as "Resourceful Vigor," "Daily Custom," "Native Ingenuity" and "Relentless Progress."
Lynch's text reads: ”Cruel Adversity," shows a Native American poised to attack a garrison, which is a fortified structure designed to defend against attack.
The full text of the document can be found here
Durham town administrator Todd Selig had told NH1 News, “Complaints are fairly frequent. A visitor marching into our office and saying, ‘how can you have this racist, offensive picture in our post office?’”