Update the Bronxville Post Office Mural

Update the Bronxville Post Office Mural

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Scarlett Kane started this petition to Louis DeJoy and

The challenges facing the world today feel enormous.  Public health, social unrest, and political strife can make you feel like you can not have impact.  While most of those issues are not driven in our hometown, there is evidence of each of them in our everyday life.  As a student at Bronxville Public School I want to make a difference.  

Specifically I want your help to make Bronxville a more welcoming and inclusive community.  In our local post office, less than one block from the K-12 public school that I attend, is a mural that amplifies an image of white privilege and that black people are here to serve.  

This mural was painted in the 1930's by John French Sloan as part of the WPA, and titled the “The First Mail Delivered to Bronxville”.  It shows white residents richly dressed walking about town and smiling.  There is one lone black boy in the painting, who is shown as a servant holding the reins of a carriage.  He is dressed in the clothes of a lawn jockey, and his facial expression is one of sadness and concern.  

This painting may have accurately represented the Bronxville of the past, but it's a far cry from the Bronxville of today that we want to live in.  It sends a message that only wealthy white people can be welcome and successful here today.   Generations of residence have walked past this paining in disgust without the ability to have it changed.  

Our request is to have the mural preserved in place and overlaid with a projection screen.  On this screen we could project both more current images that represent the Bronxville of today as well as the history of the mural and education on the impact art has on society.

John French Sloan painted the world around him, and the world has changed so much since the time that this mural was made. The world we live in now is a place where we aspire to put aside differences of our upbringings and appearances.  Imagine instead a mural that celebrates the people who are risking their lives in a pandemic to help the world function.  Especially our wonderful diverse mail carries who help our community every day.

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