1.Crowd of people look at murals during public viewing
2. Statue of Washington in front of mural
3. Washington on mural stands next to dead Native American
4. Close up of dead Native American on mural
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Fadeke Richardson, San Francisco Resident:
"You need to get rid of that. What kind of educational message does that give? It does not have any educational value. It's demeaning. It's degrading. It needs to be abolished."
6. Washington stands near African slaves on mural
9. Close up of slave on mural
10. Visitors take pictures of the mural
11. Slaves work in fields in front of Washington's Mount Vernon estate on mural
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Fadeke Richardson, San Francisco Resident:
"We are at the point in history that people are not going to tolerate all these vestiges of institutional racism. We need to get rid of them. They need to be abolished and we need to start anew."
13. Woman creates "educate not eradicate" sign
12. SOUNDBITE (English) John Garvey, San Francisco Resident:
"The murals should remain. If anything, put some narrative next to them explaining this was the motivation of the artist and this is what the artist was trying to achieve and explain about slavery and the treatment of native peoples and the theft of their land."
13. African slaves load cargo on ship on mural
14. Native Americans carry cargo on mural
15. George Washington High School entrance
16. Carving of Washington on building
17. SOUNDBITE (English) John Garvey, San Francisco Resident:
"If we go around the United States and keep changing things, this is George Washington High School in San Francisco, we might as well get rid of George Washington on the one dollar bill. We might as well call Washington, DC something else. Where is it all going to end, this madness?"
A San Francisco high school named after George Washington is painting over historic artwork featuring the life of America's first president.
The mural painted in the 1930's was once seen as educational and innovative.
But now it's criticized by some as racist and degrading for its depiction of black and Native American people.
In addition to depicting Washington as a soldier and statesman, the 13-panel mural at Washington High School contains images of white pioneers standing over the body of a Native American and slaves working at Washington's Mount Vernon estate.
In June the San Francisco school board voted to spend about a half million dollars to paint over the mural.
Board members said students who must walk past the mural during the school day don't have a choice about seeing the harmful images.
Nearly all of the students at the school are minorities. As early as the 1960s, some students argued the mural's imagery is offensive and racist.
But some community members call the removal censorship and say it's wrong to destroy art and pretend history never happened. School has been out for the summer since the decision was made.
Thursday the public got one last chance to see the murals. The mural is a fresco, which means it's painted on the wall and can't easily be removed.
Painting it over won't happen immediately. Should a lawsuit or other delay arise, it will be covered up until the issues are resolved.
The board plans to digitally archive the mural. Most of the money earmarked for the removal project will go toward a required environmental review and to cover expected legal challenges.