The mural on the side of Syracuse University's Huntington Beard Crouse building is by Ben Shahn, titled "The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti." It is a mural which tells the story of two people, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, who were executed in 1927 for a crime which many people believe they have not committed. This was a very controversial trial, which is probably why Ben Shahn has decided to create something to commemorate it and remember it. .
Research has revealed the purpose of the mural to be, as Shahn said, "works of art in which powerful compassion is innate, or which will serve ultimately to dignify what society in which it exists." There are writings on either side of the mural, apparently, they are famous words from a letter written from Vanzetti to his son from prison. "If it had not been these thing I might have die a failure, this is our career and triumph. Never in our full life could we hope to do such work for tolerance for joostice for man's onderstanding of man as now we do by accident- The grammar is not fixed and is written as it was when Vanzetti, possibly to emphasize the genuineness of the words. .
The mural is consisted of three parts which are connected. In the first part of the mural, a group of radicals can be seen on a street corner, protesting, which may symbolize the mayhem and chaos after Sacco and Vanzetti was arrested. Some of the protestors have pickets in their hands, representing their disagreement with the arrest of the convicted people. .
The second part of the mural shows Sacco and Vanzetti who are handcuffed to each other. Next to them, is another figure, Governor Fuller. Sacco and Vanzetti however, tower over Governor Fuller, possibly symbolizing their righteousness over the Governor's. The difference in size between the two convicted and the Governor may symbolize the innocence of the two. The Governor's size is belittling and scornful.