Mural panel at Durham Post Office depicting Native American questioned

DURHAM — The executive director of a ministry program at University of New Hampshire hopes the United States Postal Service will consider removing a panel in a mural at the Durham Post Office that depicts a Native American preparing to torch a settler’s home.

The Rev. Larry Brickner-Wood of the Waysmeet Center said he has been living in Durham for 25 years, and has always felt uneasy about the mural inside the lobby of the post office at Main Street and Madbury Road.

“When our kids were small, we would talk with them about it, and how it’s not a reflection of modern history,” Brickner-Wood said.

According to a decades-old brochure about the 16-panel mural, it was commissioned by the Women’s Club of Durham in 1959 and painted by artist Bernard Chapman. The goal was to reflect the history of Durham.

The panel in question is titled “Cruel Adversity.”

The brochure states there were several raids on the homes of settlers, the most severe in 1694, when five Garrison-style homes and 15 dwellings were burned. It is believed 100 people were killed or carried off. –

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Everything is questioned everywhere.

If it really happened in history, then the mural should stay as is. Don’t try to rewrite/pc history