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									   The History of Negro
Education in Morris County,
           Texas

                      1955


Original Location: Library, George Washington Carver
              High School, Naples, Texas
 Current Location: Elementary school library, new
 addition, Paul Pewitt Independent School District,
                Omaha-Naples, Texas
The History of Negro Education in Morris County, Texas
Casein on muslin
66” x 264”


                                                         Theisen, pg. x-xi
                             History
 Commissioned by the school board to honor the retirement of
  P.Y. Gray, principal of George Washington Carver High School
  for Negroes in Naples, Texas.


 Taken down and “stored” in a shed, the mural was soon lost.


 Rediscovered in 1985 by Olive Jensen Theisen while she was
  looking for art supplies


 Rededicated in 1989


                                                  Theisen, pgs. 28-31
              The Artist’s Words

 “„If you love a child, and that child disappears, you always
  will wonder what happened to that child. It is like that
  with my murals. For seventeen years, I had wondered
  what happened to a mural I painted for Naples, a little
  community in northeast Texas. The story of how that
  „child‟ was rescued has given me the inspiration and
  energy to keep going now.‟”




                                                  Theisen, pg. 28
The Story
  „“The spiritual leader—the
   preacher—a descendant of the
   chief priest, was instrumental in
   arousing his people to an
   improvement of their lot
   through education and any
   sacrifice necessary to pay for
   it….‟”
              Theisen, pg. 28
                     The Story
 “„Gazing upon this ritual that will
  determine their destiny are innocent
  youth perched birdlike on a postoak
  fence.‟”

   Theisen, pg. 28
              The Story
 “„In a center panel, the Carver High
  principal, P.Y. Gray, and his assistant, a
  homemaking teacher, instruct students
  in quilting, weaving, cooking,
  preserving, farming and animal
  husbandry as well as in reading, writing
  and arithmetic…‟”




                                          Theisen, pg. 28
                     The Story
 “„On the far right side of the mural appears the new
  consolidated high school building, Carver High, with the
  children arriving in new buses from all parts of the
  county…‟”




                                                Theisen, pg. 30
                              Symbols

 Quilt motif
 Railroad Tracks
 Shotgun Houses
 Tree of Life
 The face of a young man with a
  vision (appears also in The Contribution of
   Negro Women to American Life and Education)



                                                 Theisen, pg. 30
              Artistic Influences
 “As with many of Biggers‟ earlier murals, this work reflect
  the influence of Rivera, particularly in the palette, the
  groupings of figures…, and in the inscriptions incorporated
  into the composition conveying a social message.”




                                                 Theisen, pg. 30
                     Source
Images of artwork, artist quotes, and descriptions of the
 mural are taken from The Murals of John Thomas Biggers:
    American Muralist, African American Artist by Olive
                  Jensen Theisen (1996).

								
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