All of Mankind

Title:  All of Mankind

Site:  San Marcello Mission
617 W. Evergreen Avenue, Chicago

Artist:  William Walker

Community Participants: Cabrini-Green neighborhood volunteers

Sponsors:  Community Arts Foundation

Year:  1972

Scale:  50 x 60 feet

Materials:  Oil paint on masonry

Information:  Walker spent three years covering the exterior and interior of the San Marcello Mission Church with murals about the unity--and disunity--of the human race. Located at the edge of the Cabrini-Green public housing complex, the church facade features one of Walker’s recurring motifs: four heads, representing different races, interlocked in a symbol of brotherhood and goodwill. Around the window is a list of civil rights-related martyrs and events, including Dr. King, Medgar Evers, the My Lai Massacre, and the shootings at Kent State. The future of Chicago’s “little Sistine Chapel,” now the Strangers Home Missionary Baptist Church, is uncertain due to the intensive redevelopment of the area.