Tropical America

David Alfaro Siqueiros, 1932. Olvera St.

According to the text on a commemorative plaque on Main Street, "David Alfaro Siqueiros was invited to paint a mural in 1932 on the second floor exterior wall of the building. The mural, entitled "Tropical America," featured an Indian bound to a double cross, surmounted by an imperialist eagle, and surrounded by pre-Columbian symbols and revolutionary figures. The subject matter was considered hightly controversial. F. K. Ferenz, who had commissioned the mural was ordered to whitewash the portion that was visible from Olvera Street."

Image from a photograph by John Weskall. The image is taken from a brochure put out by the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Image from a photo by Augustin Espinoza:

Mural photographed in October 2012:

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