News ReleaseCity of Inglewood
Public Information Office

One Manchester Boulevard
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 412-5111
Fax: (310) 412-8788

8/20/2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #082007
Subject :

The City of Inglewood Celebrates the Restoration and Relocation of Its Crown Jewel – “The History of Transportation” Mural
Contact :Office of City Administrator    310-412-5301

      After six years of planning, grant writing, scrubbing, painstaking restoration and relocation, a monumental rescue operation was unveiled on August 11, 2007, with the dedication of “The History of Transportation” mural. Originally created in 1939 by California artist Helen Lundeberg, the 240-ft., 60-panel mosaic mural was in an advanced state of deterioration due to graffiti and erosion when a group of citizens solicited help from the City’s Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department to save it.

      City of Inglewood officials joined over 500 community members at this special occasion. A traditional Native American ground blessing preceded the dedication. Members of the Inglewood High School band provided a rousing start to the ceremonies with a drum line procession. They were followed by representatives from Girl Scout troops #591 and #971, presenting the colors, and Carol Raines-Brown rendering America the Beautiful to a standing ovation. Actress Delilah Cotto served as mistress of ceremonies for the actual unveiling, which occurred  when the mammoth drape covering the mural was pulled back revealing the completely restored mural.

      Following the program, residents and guests enjoyed food, live entertainment, arts & crafts and a classic car show. Entertainment featured Charles Green, Alex Howard and Melissa Myatt of Delian Music Center, Jimmy Gough, Grupo Folklorico Macias and a square dance exhibition by Guys and Dolls of Inglewood.

      “We are making history here today,” said councilman Morales who acted as dedication host. According to Mayor Dorn, the refurbished mural is a symbol of the revitalization of the city and the many redevelopment efforts underway in Inglewood today.

      Commissioned 68 years ago by the Works Project Administration (WPA) during the Depression, “This History of Transportation” mural depicts the history of transportation starting with Native Americans on foot and ending with a family boarding an airplane. It is one of the nation’s few remaining WPA murals and one of only a handful of petrachrome murals in existence today.

      “We are thrilled to finally be able to unveil this historical and artistic masterpiece for the community to enjoy,” said Sabrina Barnes, Acting Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director. “This mural is important to Inglewood, the State of California and to the nation.” Barnes and Acting City Administrator Jerry Givens co-hosted a luncheon honoring the funders, grantors, city and state officials, and volunteers who contributed to saving the mural.

      The mural is located in Grevillea Art Park at the corner of Manchester Blvd. and Grevillea Ave. and is now open for public viewing.


 

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