Monday, July 16, 2018

WPA Medallion

A WPA medallion embedded in the sidewalk in Dublin (Laurens County). It sits between the Cingo Pest Control offices and the Black's Seed warehouse building
Rajeev Saxena

The Works Progress Administration (WPA; renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration) was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads. In a much smaller project, Federal Project Number One, the WPA employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects.
Almost every community in the United States had a new park, bridge or school constructed by the agency. The WPA's initial appropriation in 1935 was for $4.9 billion (about 6.7 percent of the 1935GDP).

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