Mural Approximate Location:
815 16th Street Northwest Washington D.C., DC 20006
Lumen Martin Winter
This is a mosaic mural. Two free-standing 17 by 51 foot mosaic murals, designed by American muralist Lumen Martin Winter, are located in the lobbies of the AFL-CIO Headquarters. There is another mural called “Labor is Life-Carlyle” in the south lobby, which was unveiled in 1956 at the dedication of the headquarters by President Eisenhower.
Labor omnia vincit is a Latin phrase meaning “Hard work conquers all”. The phrase appears in Virgil’s Georgics, Book I, in the form Labor omnia uicit improbus (“Ruinous work overcomes all things”). The poem was written in support of Augustus Caesar’s “Back to the land” policy, aimed at encouraging more Romans to become farmers.