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The Liberian Mural


Did You Know?

 

The Liberian Relief is now on loan to Harlem Hospital Center, Mural Pavilion in New York City. 

506 Lenox Ave. 135th St, NY, NY, 10037

​Read all about it in: 
The New York Times: https://nyti.ms/2h7AgRU

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The Liberian Relief featured on, "What's Eating Harlem", "There's always something happening in Harlem!

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Uncovering the hidden facts on slavery

​​Michelle Obama, during her address to the Democratic National Convention, said that the White House had been built by slaves. According to the New York Times article of July 27, 2016, “Mrs Obama was citing a little- discussed fact that dramatized her own African American family’s place in history” the New York Times further states that “There is little dispute among historians that slaves had a role in the building of the White House. According to the White House Historical Association’s website, planners had initially intended to import workers from Europe but had trouble recruiting any, so they turned to African-American -enslaved and free- to provide the bulk of labor that built the White House, The United States Capitol, and other early government buildings”.


​This is another little known fact, on the pervasive effects of slavery, that has been brought to light thanks to Mrs Obama’s status as the first African American First Lady and her experience of living in the house built by her ancestors, and watching her daughters play on the White House lawn.

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"The Liberian Mural"

Description: A wall mural consisting of 18 carved panels

Each panel is 10 feet high by 13 1/2 inches wide

Total size: 10 feet high by 20.25 feet wide

Material: Mahogany wood



The sculptor Alfred Yeagon worked for the Liberia Ministry of Public Works and was also responsible for the monument on the grounds of the Centennial Pavilion in Monrovia, as well as numerous other works. He participated, along with other artists, in making the carvings and decorations works at Hotel Africa, the venue of the 1979 OAU Conference. The Liberian Mural is one of the few remaining works in existence by Mr. Yeagon, now deceased. The Mural is remarkable for its beauty and grandeur but it is even more exceptional as many works of art were lost during the long Liberian Civil War. 




Originally created for the 1979 Organization of African Unity (OAU)Conference hosted by the Government of Liberia, The Liberian Mural is the culmination of two years labor by the Liberian sculptor and carver Alfred Yeagon. The work, however, was not collected after completion and was subsequently forgotten in Mr. Yeagon's workshop until it was rediscovered and purchased, in the 1980's by the current owner, Maria King Wallace.


The Liberian Mural depicts four scenes in the history of Liberia:

• The first scene shows village life - People occupied with daily activities and playing musical instruments.


• The second scene shows the arrival of the slave traders, their ships on the horizon, and men and women, with their children, in shackles being led to the ships.


• The third scene shows the arrival in Liberia of the freed slaves from America petitioning the King of Bushrod Island for land to resettle.


• The fourth scene shows the descendants of the repatriated slaves as educated professionals.

Contact Us: info@theliberianmural.com

Phone: 1 347 451 6838