Dr. Seuss museum replaces controversial mural

The mural drew criticism and a boycott by several authors.

The mural, which contained illustrations from Dr. Seuss’ first book, “And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street,” drew criticism and a boycott by several authors for its caricature of an Asian man in stereotypical garb, running with a bowl of rice in one hand and chopsticks in the other.

The museum did not address the controversy when announcing the new mural.

“Dr. Seuss Enterprises, in conjunction with the Springfield Museums, is thrilled to honor Theodor Seuss Geisel’s legacy as a proud citizen of Springfield and as a children’s book author who has delighted and educated children for generations,” the museum said in a statement. “The new mural is a celebration of Dr. Seuss’s wonderful journey starting on Mulberry Street and ending with Oh, the Places You’ll Go.”

Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, who advocated last year to keep the original mural, said in a statement it’s “time to move on.”

“Dr. Seuss Enterprises holds all the cards and it’s not worth winning the battle only to lose the war,” Sarno said in a statement. “ … I believe people will be pleased with the new mural, which proudly continues to depict our beloved Dr. Seuss and our beloved Springfield.”