ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) — The state of Maryland is planning to preserve a set of murals that have decorated a shuttered travel plaza near Aberdeen for more than 40 years.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that the pair of four-panel murals from the Maryland House will be kept in a climate-controlled fine-art storage facility because of their historic and artistic value.

The murals painted by William A. Smith depict significant events and people in Maryland history. They were commissioned in 1966 and installed in 1968 in the travel plaza on Interstate 95.

The Maryland House is being rebuilt, but MTA spokeswoman Kelly Melhem says the murals won’t be installed there. She says the agency has no plans for displaying the works.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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