Restored Joe Jones painting centerpiece of new UA Little Rock Downtown. When artist Joe Jones painted a dramatic mural depicting the misery of sharecropping, the plight of coal miners and the lynching and burning of a black man — the "three exports of Arkansas" he's said to have described it to students at labor/socialist Commonwealth College in Mena in 1935 — he could not have imagined its future. He could not have foreseen that the mural, painted on masonite, would survive intact for only five years before being dismantled — along with the college — and become Depression-era building material for a closet in a home in Mena. That it would be rediscovered 40 years after that and sold to a university. That 73...
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A mural to move Little Rock forward