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Effort under way to restore New Deal murals in Ellicott City

Effort under way to restore New Deal murals in Ellicott City

As a 5-year-old who adored her father, Shirley Bossom contentedly tagged along with him 70 years ago on daily errands that often included business in the granite-clad Ellicott City Post Office on Main Street.

The lifelong Ellicott City resident recalls with clarity the imposing murals depicting Ellicott City life that still adorn the east and west ends of the building's lobby and how, from a child's vantage point, the figures in the scenes were large and scary.

Now, Bossom is taking the lead on jump-starting a private effort to restore the oil-on-canvas paintings installed in 1942 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. The historically significant works of...

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