Thursday, March 18, 2010

Local History

Front Porch Republic - Caleb Stegall
JEFFERSON COUNTY, KANSAS. It’s been seventy years since John Steuart Curry unveiled his masterpiece murals on the walls of the Kansas State House. Their anarchic depiction of my home land so upset some of the finer muckety-mucks and Ladies’ Sunday Societies that the state Legislature, to its eternal shame, refused to allow Curry to finish, saying that “the murals do not portray the true Kansas. Rather than revealing a law-abiding progressive state, the artist has emphasized the freaks in its history—the tornadoes, and John Brown, who did not follow legal procedure.” The prophet is rejected in his time...
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