Founding of Worthington Mural


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Founding of Worthington Mural is a picture, with genre photograph. Its dimensions are 8 in. x 10 in..

It was created in May 1963.

City of Worthington is the Creator.

Pictured here is the unveiling of the "Founding of Worthington" mural at the Worthington office of City National Bank. The six-foot by 40-foot mural was installed at City National for its grand opening in March, 1963. The bank, which eventually merged with JP Morgan Chase, stood at the corner of Broadmeadows Boulevard and High Street just south of Worthington’s city limits. When the bank was torn down, the mural became the property of the Worthington Historical Society and was placed on permanent loan to the Old Worthington Library, where it was displayed for more than 20 years.

The mural’s artists, Louis P. Szanto and Andrew B. Karoly, were natives of Hungary based in New York City. During the 1950s and early ‘60s they worked extensively in Cleveland, painting more than 30 murals for area businesses. They painted murals for at least a dozen bank branches for their biggest Cleveland client, the Society for Savings.

The mural represents a romanticized view of Worthington history meant to appeal to traditional values at a time of rapid societal change. In that respect, the work is more a reflection of the time it was created—the turbulent 1960s—than life in 1803, when Worthington was founded. The mural was removed from display at the Old Worthington Library in late 2020 and returned to the historical society. In the years prior to that, a growing number of library patrons had voiced their discomfort with the mural being prominently displayed in a public library, as it depicts not only a romanticized view of colonial America, but also celebrates a time period when Native Americans were being forcibly removed from their land and Black people were held in slavery. As part of the library’s Anti-Racist Resolution, passed in September 2020 after a summer of increased understanding and awareness of issues related to racial justice and systemic racism, it was decided that the mural would be returned and that space would feature art highlighting the library’s role as a community center for all.

It covers the topics art and murals.

It features the people Louis P. Szanto, 1889-1965 and Andrew B. Karoly, 1893-1978.

It covers the city Worthington.

You can find the original at City of Worthington.

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The Worthington Memory identification code is cow0062.

This metadata record was human prepared by Worthington Libraries on August 25, 2003. It was last updated January 7, 2021.