Thomas Hart Benton murals in the Missouri State House

Thomas Hart Benton
Thomas Hart Benton

A major WPA work by Thomas Hart Benton covers every wall of the a “Members Lounge” in the Missouri State House in Jefferson City. With the legislature not in session I was by myself with the huge paintings. They tell the story of the history of Missouri, and focus on the workers. Like much of Benton’s work they were controversial, particularly the depiction of lynching.

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