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Three Peoples Murals in Zimmerman Library

Written Description Variations

“The final panel, the Union of the Three peoples, looks to the future with native, Anglo, and Hispanic united through a symbolic handshake.”   --From Three Peoples Murals (1939) handout


“The Three Peoples Panel. The youth of the three peoples, Indian, Spanish-American, and Anglo-American, are seen against a symbolic New Mexico landscape that contains our natural and esthetic resources: sky, mountains, desert, forests, cultivated land, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. The three youths represent the hope of the future, that through recognition of the contribution each has made, and with democratic and cooperative effort, we may attain a truly significant New Mexico culture.” --From Handbook of the Library and Pamphlet by Felipe Gonzales


“The fourth mural represents the dawn of a new day, all the contributions are combining for better living. Three figures, symbolic of their races, are on the same plane, reflecting the spirit of democracy in representing the culture of the three races as socially equal. Behind them is a symbolized landscape of natural resources, both material and aesthetical. Mountain, mesa, desert, yucca, sage, and cactus plants are on the top. Under them runs a stream of water. Beneath the water is an Indian pottery design, showing the cultivation of the plowed ground. On the sides are pictured forest, lakes, and reservoirs.” --From Library Murals By Adams In Southwestern Theme