University of Oregon to cover racist library murals

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon will cover four murals in a library after years of outcry from people who felt the murals’ language and portrayal of Indigenous people was racist. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports one mural in the Knight Library, titled the “Mission of a University,” mentions the need to conserve “our racial heritage.” Two others illustrate humanity’s development of the arts and the sciences, with dozens of people underneath the branches of growing trees. In both murals, only white people are at the top of the tree. The university will pay $31,940 to temporarily cover the murals with a print of the Minnesota Kasota limestone walls.