May 20, 2022

Report: “University of Oregon Libraries Promises to Cover Racist Murals in Knight Library”

From The Daily Emerald

The University of Oregon Libraries published a statement on June 22, promising to review its special collections and amplify marginalized voices, change its recruitment and hiring practices and to cover the murals in the Knight Library that contain racist content before students resume classes in the fall.

The statement came in response to a letter from the Associated Student of the University of Oregon’s executive team calling for the “removal, replacement and recharacterization” of the three murals — “The Mission of a University,” “Development of the Arts” and “Development of the Sciences” — currently on display in the Knight Library.


Interim Dean of Libraries Mark Watson said UO Libraries has hired a professional conservator to evaluate the murals and advise them on how to best cover the murals.

“We will have the murals covered by October 1,” Watson said. “The intent was to get this done before students return for fall classes and the Knight Library reopens to the campus community.”

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See Also: Facts and Resources Concerning Issues of Exclusion in Historic Knight Library Murals (U. of Oregon Libraries)

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