Should Cedar Rapids Remove Mural with Swastika from City Hall?

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During the 1930s, there was a mural commissioned by a depression-era arts program in what was then a district courthouse. Today, that mural has been restored and is now on display in Cedar Rapids' city hall . During a recent city council election, that mural became the center of a conversation about what kinds of art are appropriate to display. Ashley Vanorny, who is city councilwoman–elect in Cedar Rapids, noticed a swastika hidden in that mural and mentioned that she thought it should be taken down. "I didn't realize how divisive this would be," she says. "In light of the statues that have been taken down this year...this is an opportunity to discuss with fellow Cedar Rapidians," she explains. "Art is beautiful. It is supposed to elicit emotions, but...

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