CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP) — A nearly 80-year-old mural inside a Maryland post office that portrays Black slaves pulling barrels of tobacco alongside white men on horses has been covered in plastic.

The mural in the Catonsville post office was covered after state and federal representatives called for its replacement, The Baltimore Sun reported Monday.

Rep. Kweisi Mfume, a Maryland Democrat, said he initiated the conversation with U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy after hearing from some constituents who found the mural derogatory or complained of its deteriorating condition.

The three-panel mural, titled “Incidents in the History of Catonsville” and painted by New Deal-era artist Avery Johnson, is one of at least 16 pieces of artwork in 12 states that an “artwork workgroup” of high-level U.S. Postal Service officials, including attorneys and the Postal Service’s federal preservation officer, have ordered to be covered. That’s according to New York travel blogger Evan Kalish, who has chronicled activity at more than 10,000 post offices across the U.S. on his blog Postlandia, the newspaper reported.

The obscured murals depict either images of slavery or Native Americans — many of which apparently were the subject of complaints from constituents who say the depictions are offensive, according to August emails between postal officials and jurisdiction representatives, the newspaper reported. The emails were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by Kalish and shared with Baltimore Sun Media.

Freda Sauter, USPS spokesperson for the Baltimore District, said in a statement that officials are discussing how to protect the future of the artwork.

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