The John Mann Murals – a Hidden Treasure in Fall River

27 Nov

Tattered Fabric: Fall River's Lizzie Borden

(Recycled from February 2010)
I’ve written before about one of Fall River’s hidden secrets, namely the John Mann murals in the former Matthew J. Kuss Middle School at 217 Rock Street.  John Mann was commissioned under the Works Progress Administration “Federal Art in New England” project in 1936.  He painted a history of Fall River in a series of murals all along the walls of the auditorium of what was then BMC Durfee’s Technical Building.

These incredible murals are comprised in 3 sets depicting a different era.  The first set is 6 panels of Fall River’s Indian history.  Every figure in each of the panels was posed for by a live model.

The “Freeman’s Purchase” which, in terms of the Founding Families, started it all.

The death of Weetamoe.

The Revolutionary and Civil War days are featured in the second set of panels along the north wall and again models posed for each figure.  Supposedly…

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