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Banner over OU football stadium to push return of stolen painting

Banner over OU football stadium to push return of stolen painting

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FAIRFAX, Va. — A right-wing political organization will use an aerial banner to call attention to a disputed painting prior to the University of Oklahoma's football season-opener Saturday evening, it said Friday.

Americans for Limited Government says an airplane will tow the message "#return the stolen art" through the sky over Norman for two hours prior to the 6 p.m. kickoff.

The painting in question is "Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep" by Camille Pissarro, which is in the possession of OU's Jones Museum of Art. The painting was stolen by the German army during World War II and made its way to the United States in the 1950s. A descendant of the original owners wants the painting back, but OU says it believes it has legitimate ownership.

Americans for Limited Government said the history of "Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep" is a cautionary tale regarding U.S. civil asset forfeiture laws.

Randy Krehbiel 918-581-8365


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