Written and compiled from 1936-1942 by the workers of the Writers Program of the Work Projects Administration in the City of Dallas; Introduction by Gerald D. Saxon; Edited for publication by Maxine Holmes, Dallas Public Library and Gerald D. Saxon; The University of Texas at Arlington; Published by the Dallas Public Library, Texas Center for the Book, and University of North Texas Press, 1992
______________________________________________________ “Mural art is comparatively new to Dallas. In 1934 the Public Works Administration Art Project employed Dallas artists to paint murals in the schools and public buildings of the city. The project resulted in some heroic historical and contemporary scenes.
In the City Hall Alexandre Hogue and Jerry Bywaters, assisted by Russell O. Bailey, painted “Development of Dallas.” Adele L. Brunet painted “Nursery Rhymes” in Parkland City-County Hospital. “Rural Workers” and “Industrial or City Workers” by Harry Carnohan decorated Oak Cliff High School. North Dallas High School has “Historical Development of Educational Institutions in Texas,” by John E. Douglass. Douglass also painted for the Dallas County Criminal Courts building the mural, “Two Phases of Crime Control in Texas.” Otis Dozier did the murals “Cotton” and “Oil” for the Forest Avenue High School. Frank Klepper painted one panel, “McKinney Post Office,” and William Lester painted “Development of American Industry” at Woodrow Wilson High School. Lester also decorated Boude Storey Junior High school with “Agriculture,” “Electricity,” and “Arts of Building.” Mechanics and Machinery” and “Radio and Electricity” by Perry Nichols are the murals in Dallas Technical High School. Thomas M. Stell’s “Surrender of Santa Anna” is in Forest Avenue High School. Highland Park Town Hall has “Early Texas Life” and “Perils of the Trail” by Ruby Stone, and “The Eagle Dance” by Maude S. West. Granville Bruce painted “Landing of Pioneers’ in Sunset High School. Olin Travis painted “Man’s Interdependence” in J.L. Long Junior High School”.