Historic mural on display at renovated NTCC library

The iconic work of John Biggers, an African American muralist whose work was critical of racial and economic justice, can currently be seen at the newly renovated Northeast Texas Community College (NTCC) library.

The mural is on loan to NTCC from the Pewitt Consolidated Independent School District for the next 30 years.

The mural is six feet tall and 22 feet wide. It depicts the artist’s view in the 1950s of education for African American children in rural northeast Texas.

Biggers was commissioned to paint the mural in the 1950s when Carver High School, located between Omaha and Naples, was erected.

After the desegregation of Texas schools, the mural was stored away. The masterpiece resurfaced thanks to a local art professor, Ollie Theisen, who recognized Biggers’ work in 1989. Theisen then retouched the work of art and rededicated it.

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