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U.S. Post Office, Oakland, MD

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The Oakland, MD post office was built under the Federal Works Agency in 1940, one of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal government agencies. It is also home to a mural painted as part of the New Deal's art program. The mural, titled "Buckwheat Harvest," was painted by Robert Gates in 1942. It depicts a group of men and women harvesting buckwheat, a very common crop across Appalachia and in western Maryland. Gates was probably trying to remind viewers of a simpler and more abundant time to help them cope with the harsh realities of the Depression.

22 S 2nd Street
Oakland, MD 21550
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Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Sat: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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This location was created on 2016-03-13 by Nora Sutton .   It was last updated on 2016-03-14 by Unknown

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