Conflict Stews Over Civil War Art At Minnesota State Capitol
ST. PAUL (AP) — A proposal to remove Civil War paintings in the Minnesota State Capitol has sparked a heated debate.
Gov. Mark Dayton has called for removing the four historic paintings, saying the Governor's Residence Room should be filled with art that better depicts the state's history.
The Minnesota Historical Society said earlier this month they wanted feedback from the state Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board and the Capitol Preservation Commission before voting.
The board voted 5-3 to recommend that the battle scenes not be returned to the room when the $310 million Capitol renovation is finished in January. That recommendation conflicts with the preservation commission's art subcommittee, which advocated for keeping the paintings in August.
The commission is scheduled to take up the issue Tuesday.