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Chicago's Most Famous Mural Painted Over, Community Devastated

NEAR NORTH SIDE — A historic mural covering a Cabrini-Green church that the community fought to preserve was painted over late last week, serving as a symbol for the rapidly changing neighborhood, advocates say.

The North Side Stranger's Home Missionary Baptist Church, 617 W. Evergreen Ave., was easily recognizable for its sprawling "All of Mankind" mural meant to convey unity through a number of religious symbols, people of different backgrounds and names of people who were killed in atrocities. It was painted in 1972 by William Walker, who is considered one of Chicago's founding muralists. 

But the beloved mural was covered up last week with no notice given to the community.

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Posted in Near North History, The Arts

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