Town Says Bakery’s Donut Mural Is Illegal

Town officials in Conway, New Hampshire, are trying to to force a local bakery to paint over a mural made by local school students.

In June, students from Kennett High School painted a colorful mural above the front door of Leavitt’s Country Bakery on White Mountain Highway. The mural features a New England mountain landscape made entirely of baked goods, such as donuts, scones and muffins. Leavitt’s owner Sean Young said at the time, he thought the mural “would be a fun project for kids and good for the community.”

But no good deed goes unpunished. Two months later, town officials decided that they would treat the students’ mural as a “sign” subject to strict size and location restrictions. Why? Simply because the mural’s mountainscape depicts baked goods like those sold at the bakery. Thus, officials believe the sign should be treated as an advertisement.

But Conway’s treatment of Leavitt’s mural as a “sign” is discriminatory and contrary to the First Amendment.  The Institute for Justice is helping the bakery fight back.

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