“Dream” by Lady T, Lilac Alley, Mission © 2015 Susan M Hall
San Francisco City Guides is a non profit organization with 200+ trained tour guides who lead free walking tours in the city of San Francisco. It is sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco Parks Alliance. The Mission Murals tour is one of approximately 30 tours that visit neighborhoods in San Francisco. Our guide was Patricia. The tour starts at Leonard R. Flynn Elementary School which hosts five murals including one created by students with bits of broken plates, glass and tile dedicated to United Farmworker (UFW) co-founder Delores Huerta. The tour ends at Balmy Alley with murals memorializing Bishop Oscar Romero, “Enrique’s Journey” and my personal favorite “Greetings from the Future” featuring an anchor surrounded by the words “I refuse to sink.”
A Tribute to ArchBishop Oscar Romero by Jamie Morgan, 2001, Balmy Alley, San Francisco. © 2015 Susan M Hall
On 24 March 1980 Bishop Oscar Romero was assassinated in El Salvador while celebrating Mass. The upraised sections are milagros, religious folk charms, that represent paint cans and brushes.
“Enrique’s Journey” by Josue Rojas, Balmy Alley © 2015 Susan M Hall
“Greetings from the Future. I Refuse to Sink.” © 2015 Susan M Hall
Mission Makeover; Gentrification of the Mission District by Tirso Araiza and Lucia Ippolito (2012) © 2015 Susan M Hall
At the end of the tour Patricia recommended that we visit the Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center and the Roosevelt Tamale Parlor on 24th Street. I ordered a chicken tamale covered in red sauce and melted cheese with rice and beans. There are additional murals on Cypress and Lilac Alleys. 400+ murals in the Mission District.
San Francisco City Guides: Free Neighborhood Walking Tours of San Francisco.
Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center
2981 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Roosevelt Tamale Parlour
2817 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
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