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Mount Pleasant, TN New Deal Art

Most of the post office works of art were funded under the Treasury Department’s Section commissions. Those works that were created using TRAP funds are so indicated. Although the WPA funded the construction of post office buildings, the artwork was not WPA but was usually produced under the Section or TRAP programs.

New Deal/WPA Art in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee

The Mount Pleasant Post Office was built in 1940. Inside is a mural entitled “Early Settlers Entering Mount Pleasant.” It is a tempera and oil painting done in 1942 by Eugene Higgins. The painting measures 12’6″x 5’3″.

Eugene Higgins was born in February 1874 in Kansas City, MO; he died on February 18, 1958. He also did a mural for the Beaver Falls, PA Post Office.

Photographs taken by
Jimmy Emerson 2004