Historic mural now on display at John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex
Thursday, 04 January 2018

GUIDON staff

The Staff Sgt. Samuel Countee mural is on display at the John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex, giving the public a chance to view the $370,000 piece of historic artwork before it’s returned to Building 2101, the former World War II era Black Officers Club.

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The former club is currently being renovated to function as a classroom facility. Samuel Albert Countee, an artist and contributor to the national New Negro Movement, was drafted into the Army in 1942. While serving with a dump truck company, he was commissioned by the military to paint a mural in the Black Officers Club.

 The mural was completed in 1945 and is thought to be the only surviving example of Countee’s military art career. The 4-by-10-foot painting portrays a young couple picnicking. Located at 495 S. Dakota Avenue, the museum is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

 

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