A mural in Fort Wayne, Indiana is getting rave reviews.
The painting on the wall of the home of Fort Worth’s mayor is a portrait of the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and is part of a series of murals in the city that are part of the Deep Ellum community of muralfood.
Fort Worth Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the murals reflect the history of the city.
The Fort Worth City Council commissioned the works in 2017.
In 2019, the city hired a firm to paint them, and the works were completed in March 2020.
The mural is part the Fort Worth Museum of Art’s “Hail to the Chief” series.
In 2017, the mural on the city’s downtown wall became the subject of a federal lawsuit.
The lawsuit was settled last month.
The murals have become a source of controversy, with some residents saying they are insensitive to Confederate veterans and a recent study by the Texas Tribune found that many Fort Worth residents said they didn’t know the city was honoring Lee.
In March, Gimenez announced the Fort Wayne mural will be removed from the wall.
In a statement to the Tribune, Giminez said the mural was part of his commitment to making the city a more welcoming place to live and work.
“The work, however, reflects the history and the history’s legacy of racism, discrimination and violence, and it does so in ways that we are not proud of,” he said.