Peace and Salvation

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Lost Murals of Chicago/Peace and Salvation
Rebecca Zorach
Written By Rebecca Zorach

Rebecca Zorach teaches and writes on early modern European art (15th-17th century), contemporary activist art, and art of the 1960s and 1970s at Northwestern University. Particular interests include print media, feminist and queer theory, theory of representation, ​​and the multiple intersections of art and politics.

William Walker’s masterpiece

William Walker painted this mural in 1970 on the near north side, close to the Cabrini-Green housing project.

A blue ribbon at the center of the wall creates a cutaway view of the forces of conflict that divide humanity, while four large hands of different colors seek to join together in peace and understanding. Below, Walker depicted African American leaders, with a space reserved for posting articles and flyers. Walker thought of murals as something like a newspaper, a way of keeping local communities informed about current events.

Peace and Salvation was created in 1970 and destroyed in 1991.

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