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.