Controversial University of Kentucky mural to be covered
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has agreed to cover a controversial mural at the school and make other changes after a two-hour meeting with student protesters.
News reports say Capilouto met many of the protesters’ demands to help low-income and minority students. By Tuesday evening, the protesters had left the Main Building they had occupied the night before, and some students agreed to end their six-day hunger strike.
Capilouto said it was “the toughest day I have had as a member of our community.”
The 1930s fresco mural by Ann Rice O’Hanlon shows the history of Lexington in a series of scenes, including black men and women planting tobacco and a Native American man holding a tomahawk. Efforts to remove the mural have been made since at least 2006.