Muralismo in St. Paul

Public art created during the late 1960s and early 1970s responded to the destruction of America’s inner cities. Chicanos painted murals in their neighborhoods to express their cultural pride, to protest injustice, and to celebrate their aesthetic values. While many of the first Chicano murals painted on St. Paul’s West Side are now lost, murals continue to reflect the community’s growth and progress.

El Espíritu Del Río

El Espíritu Del Río

“El Espíritu Del Río” (The Spirit of the River) mural painted by Joshua Sarantitis at 178 Cesar Chavez Street, St. Paul. Photograph by Wayfinder user Nomiker, July 7, 2011.

The Heroes of Freedom, Justice and Peace

The Heroes of Freedom, Justice and Peace

“The Heroes of Freedom, Justice and Peace,” a mural painted on Burrito Mercado (175 Cesar Chavez Street) in St. Paul. Depicted are, from left to right, Diego Rivera, Aung San Suu Kyi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, Sister Giovanni Gourhan, Rigoberta Menchú, Dennis Banks, and Roberto Clemente. Google street view, 2019.

Hunger Has No Color

Hunger Has No Color

“Hunger Has No Color,” painted by John Acosta, Richard Schletty, and Armando Gutierrez at 344 South Robert Street, St. Paul, in 1985. Google street view, 2014.

Robert Street overpass

Robert Street overpass

Painted decorations at the intersection of Robert Street South and George Street East on the West Side of St. Paul. Google street view, 2014.

Midwest Canto al Pueblo

Midwest Canto al Pueblo

“Midwest Canto al Pueblo,” originally painted by Paul Basques in 1979 at 176 Concord Street (later Cesar Chavez Street), St. Paul. Basques and Greta McLain covered the original with a glass mosaic in October 2010. Photograph by Waymarking user Nomiker, 2011.

Aztec City

Aztec City

“Aztec City,” a mural painted by John Acosta, Frank Sanchez, and Carlos Menchaca on the wall of a St. Paul building at 736 Robert Street between 1980 and 1983. Google street view, 2009.

Mural by David Nemo

Mural by David Nemo

Untitled mural by David Nemo painted at 478 South Robert Street on the West Side of St. Paul in 2008. Photograph by Waymarking user Nomiker, July 9, 2011.

Detail of Aztec City

Detail of Aztec City

Detail of “Aztec City,” a mural painted by John Acosta, Frank Sanchez, and Carlos Menchaca at 736 Robert Street, St. Paul, between 1980 and 1983. Photograph by Teresa Boardman, May 5, 2007. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Paul Basques with one of his murals

Paul Basques with one of his murals

Paul Basques with one of his murals painted on Neighborhood House (179 East Robie Street) on the West Side of St. Paul. From the Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 8, 1975, page 3B.

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