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N.H. Commission On Native American Affairs Not Satisfied With Durham Post Office Mural Fix

Jason Moon for NHPR

The New Hampshire Commission on Native American Affairs says it is not satisfied with interpretive text meant to address a controversial mural at the Durham Post Office.

In a statement released Thursday, the group says the interpretive text is not an acceptable solution and that they don’t consider the matter closed.

The text, installed in the form of a framed poster earlier this month, is meant to add historical context to a section of a mural in the Durham Post Office that depicts a Native American raid on European settlers in the late 1600s.

Some have called the image, painted in 1959, offensive for its one-sided depiction of history.

A spokesperson for the Postal Service says they are still open to suggestions on changing the interpretative text, but that removing or covering the mural is not an option.

The Commission on Native American Affairs says they’re referring the matter to Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s office.

Jason Moon is a senior reporter and producer on the Document team. He has created longform narrative podcast series on topics ranging from unsolved murders, to presidential elections, to secret lists of police officers.

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