Wilmington, CA Mural: Wilhall Anti-Gang Violence

Wilmington, CA Mural: Wilhall Anti-Gang Violence by Joe Bravo
Medium:

Acrylic on Stucco

Size:

70' x 40'

Date:

Painted: 1976

Restored: 1996 & 2004

Location:

325 Neptune Avenue, Wilmington, CA 90744

Featured In:

Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles

Violence in Wilmington: Searching for Solutions by Kat Madrigal

Painted to decry gang violence, the Wilhall mural at the Wilmington Recreation Center has been a symbol of peace in the Wilmington community for the past 40 years.

In 1996 I was asked to restore (repaint) the mural by a community-based group where I was assisted by volunteers ranging in age from 7 to 44 years old. A dedication ceremony was held upon its completion with the community and local government representatives in attendance, as well as a live broadcast on Channel 2 CBS news. I met several youths who had their bodies tattooed with an image of my mural.

In September of 2004 I again restored the mural as it had been damaged by graffiti and local youths.