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Mystery man in Missouri State Capitol mural identified


April 15, 2018

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The identity of a black man painted in famed artist Thomas Hart Benton's mural inside the Missouri State Capitol has been uncovered after decades of mystery and speculation.

Experts on Benton and his 1936 mural, "Social History of the State of Missouri," hadn't been able to identify the only black man depicted in a crowd of white people during a political speech, the Kansas City Star reported.

The mysterious man wearing a white hat is shown leaning against a tree, listening intently to the speech of Benton's own father, U.S. Rep. Maecenas Benton. Another black man is bein...

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