PROJECT HIGHLIGHT | Will Rogers Memorial Center’s Coliseum and Auditorium Tile Murals
The City of Fort Worth is currently having significant community conversations regarding racial equity in our city. In response to a citizen’s concerns regarding the depiction of African-Americans in the 1936 mural on the façade of the Will Rogers Memorial Center Auditorium (section depicted above). It is anticipated tha tthe Fort Worth Art Commission will make a recommendation for the historic Will Rogers Memorial Center Coliseum and Auditorium Historic Tile Murals at their next meeting on January 22, 2020, 5:00 p.m. at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, Iris Room, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107. Citizens are invited to make comments during that meeting.
At a Special Called Meeting of the Fort Worth Art Commission on November 21, 2019, the City of Fort Worth’s Historic Preservation Officer Murray G. Miller gave a presentation on the historical significance of the Will Rogers Memorial Center, as well as the context in which the murals were created (view the slide presentation below by clicking on the “Play” icon). Following the presentation, the Art Commission opened a public hearing to gather comments from citizens on this topic.