History of Maine Labor Mural Replica

A full-size replica of the now-famous History of Maine Labor Mural by Judy Taylor will be on view at the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society this fall. Several programs are being planned in conjunction with the mural’s appearance in Bethel, including an overview of Maine Labor History by William F. Chapman (MBHS Librarian/Archivist) and a film showing about the life and career of Frances Perkins (1880-1965), an American sociologist and workers-rights advocate who served as U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945 — the longest serving in that position, and the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet. (It is also worth mentioning that Frances Perkins’ mother was a native of West Bethel, Maine.)

In March 2011, the original mural was removed from the lobby of the Maine Department of Labor at the order of then-Governor Paul LePage. The artist and the curator Nancy Nesvet produced life-size reproductions of the eleven panels of the mural for this traveling exhibit.

The replica mural will be on display in the Valentine Gallery at Robinson House from September 3 through October 18, Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission to the Robinson House is by donation. FMI: 207-824-2908