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The Amistad Murals consists of three panels: The Revolt, The Court Scene, and Back to Africa. They are housed in Savery Library and are known as one of artist Hale Aspacio Woodruffࢥst known works.

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Friday, March 04, 2011
Nicola Lawler
Office of Public Relations


Talladega, Alabama—Talladega College’s famed Amistad Murals will come down on Monday and Tuesday, March 7 and 8, 2011. The murals have hung on the campus since the dedication and opening of the Savery Library on April 15, 1939. For 72 years, this treasure now estimated at $40 million dollars, will come down to begin its road to restoration and a national tour of museums throughout the country.

Larry Shutts of the Atlanta Art Conservation in conjunction with the High Museum of Atlanta will spearhead the process of de-installing the 6-panel murals. The process began yesterday with testing of the works of art. On Friday morning, Mr. Shutts conducted a lecture with Talladega College students, faculty and staff in Savery Library to explain the process and undertaking of this meticulous project. Testing and preparation will continue throughout the weekend and a two day de-installation of the panels will begin on Monday.

Talladega College recently celebrated “The Hale A. Woodruff Mural Restoration Project and Exhibition Agreement Signing,” in February. Alabama dignitaries, guests, and alumni came from far and near to learn more about the agreement that the College has entered to restore this historical treasure. Dr. Billy C. Hawkins, President of Talladega College states, “The de-installation of the murals to get them restored is a necessary process to preserve and protect a major asset of the institution. It is an historic time for Talladega College as owner of this 40 million dollar art collection. In 1939 the murals were installed in the library and here we are 72 years later taking them down to go through a restoration process and national tour which will benefit the college financially and bring national attention to the college. We are excited about our partnership with the High Museum and what this partnership means to the growth and development of this great historic institution.”

After the restoration, the murals will be exhibited in major cities across the country. Upon the conclusion of its national tour, the murals will return to Talladega College in 2013. For more information regarding these events, please contact The Office of Institutional Advancement at 256-761-8832.

Talladega College, founded in 1867, is Alabama's oldest historically black private college and among the oldest liberal arts colleges in the nation. Located in the historic district of the city of Talladega, Alabama, the college offers a range of degrees in four divisions: Business and Administration, Humanities and Fine Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Social Sciences and Education.

Talladega College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate and baccalaureate degrees; and the school holds several institutional memberships. For more information visit www.talladega.edu

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The history of Talladega College began on November 20, 1865, when two former slaves William Savery and Thomas Tarrant, both of Talladega, met in convention with a group of new freedmen in Mobile, Alabama.

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