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The Barefoot Mailman and Florida’s Post Office Murals

November 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Post office murals are visible and enduring symbols of New Deal ideology that provide lasting evidence of governmental art patronage during the Great Depression. Not just for picking up mail or sending packages, during the 1930s post offices offered a place to meet neighbors and catch up on news. In Florida, 16 new post offices were built between 1937 and 1943, and each was decorated with murals or relief sculptures paid for by the Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture. This presentation discusses the West Palm Beach post office’s exciting mural series featuring Florida’s Barefoot Mail Carrier, its subject, and how it fits into the Great Depression’s larger mural project.

Keri Watson is an associate professor of art history at the University of Central Florida and co-executive editor for Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art. She is the author of This is America: Re-Viewing the Art of the United States (2023) and editor of the Routledge Companion to Art and Disability (2022).

Registration is required to attend. Free parking is available in the public parking lot and garage adjacent to the library. This program is part of Voices and Votes: Democracy in America on view at the Leesburg Public Library through January 11, 2025. Funding for this Florida Talks program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

November 15 @ 1:00 pm -
November 15 @ 2:00 pm

Other

Presenter Information:
Keri Watson, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Central Florida
Event Fee:
Free
Event Type:
In-person
Event Registration Link:
Register Here

Event Contact:

Deb Bussinger
Phone:
(352) 728-9786 ext. 3531
Email:
librarian@leesburgflorida.gov

Event Venue:

Leesburg Public Library
100 East Main Street
Leesburg, FL 34748
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Venue Phone:
(352) 728-9786 ext. 3531

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