Detail of Mural at El Mozote El Salvador
2006 – School of Art and Open Studio of Perquin, El Salvador
This mural was created and painted by the adults, elderly, teens and children of El Mozote, El Salvador. El Mozote was the site of one of the most horrific massacres of civilian peoples during El Salvador’s Civil War (1980-1992). The mural is painted on the wall of the rebuilt church. On the other side of the church there once stood a convent building where one hundred and forty-three children were massacred. The people of El Mozote chose to paint a mural about life in El Mozote prior to the massacre and also depicted their hopes for the future by including the importance of education for their children. At one time, over fifty-five community members could be found working on this mural.