The Surprising Origins Of A World War II-Era Mural That Was Nearly Lost
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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HEALTH AND MEDICINE SILVER SPRING MD SILVER SPRING United States
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Jack McMillen studied at the Minneapolis School of Art in the early 1930s and went on to work in the New Deals Federal Art Project as part of the Works Progress Administration. One of McMillens murals still hangs on the wall of the U.S. Post Office in College Park, Georgia. Another McMillen mural is in storage at the Smithsonian. When the country entered World War II, McMillen was drafted at the age of 32 into the U.S. Army. Before he even finished boot camp he was put him in charge of a traveling art show being used to promote the sale of War Bonds. McMillen traveled the country by train, setting up shop in major cities and small towns from the east to west coasts.