The mural contains several extremely controversial messages through Wilson's creative images. During his lifetime, he was criticized and called unpatriotic for his art. There are several recurring themes within the mural: whenever multiple races, ages, ethnic groups or genders are shown, the theme is the universal brotherhood of mankind. At one time in his life, Wilson created a comic-book series called the "HUE MEN" that addressed the issue of racial equality and harmony. Whenever individuals are shown wearing black suits and diamonds galore, they represent those who are driven by the profit motive above all else. There are several local individuals whose likenesses appear in the mural: George Krietenstein, Nola Williams, Clay Owen, William Turman, Rev. Francis, and Fred Donaghy. There are two self-portraits of Wilson himself within the mural as well. At a time when racial and ethnic discrimination was rampant, Wilson chose to address these wrongs within the mural's images. Four students have their likenesses projected into other ages and stages of their lives. Questions about the purpose and necessity for war are raised through several sections of this mural. The mural was created in the era just prior to World War II. Although Wilson's immediate concern was the looming war at that time, the images speak to any war that a country wages.