NAACP to meet with mayor over poster flap
PONCHATOULA - The president of the Tangipahoa Parish NAACP is scheduled to meet with the mayor next week following the revealing of a controversial poster for the city's annual strawberry festival.
Earlier this week, the poster was unveiled and features two black figures, what appears to be a small boy and girl. Some think the images are too similar to "Jim Crow-era" renderings and think the design is racist.
However, the artist said he drew inspiration from Bill Hemmerling, who sold similar works of art before he died.
Thursday, the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival board announced the poster was going to stay as the official piece of the festival's image campaign.
"Art is subjective. It is interpretive. There was no intent other than to pay tribute to the festival and the strawberry industry," the board's publicist, Shelley Matherne, said.
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