Maravilla Market's Murals - East Los Angeles

In the barrio of East Los Angeles there is a neighborhood bodega called "Maravilla Market." To reflect their pride in their neighborhood and culture the owners painted their storefront with symbols of power. The main mural features Mexican Revolution icon General Emilio Zapata who fought for land, liberty, and justice. The centerpiece of the mural is United Farm Workers leader and spiritual mentor Cesar E. Chavez. With the symbol of the U.F.W. serving as the background Cesar is holding a candle light vigil for peace. To the left of Chavez is a Chicano Pachuco representing the turbulent times of the early forties in Los Angeles, Where young Chicanos dressed in zootsuits (baggy pants and knee-length drapes) where beaten by U.S servicemen who striped the zootsuiters of their clothes and burned them on the streets. Where LAPD procedure was to follow the serviceman, watch the beatings and arrests the Chicano Pachucos (the victims). Chicanos united and fought back, which the Anglo-media titled "The Zootsuit Riots". This injustice served as the fuel that ignited the Chicano Movement of the 60's. A young Chicana wearing a brown beret symbolized this period of history. Which is featured at the end of the mural. This movement led to the student walkouts of East Los Angeles-based highs schools of Lincoln, Garfield, Roosevelt, and Wilson demanding equal education. Students marched through the streets of Los Angeles for a week and a half and used civil disobedience to disrupt the nation's largest public-school system. The East Los Angeles walkouts signaled the beginnings of the Mexican-American civil-rights movement of the Southwest United States´┐Ż

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