Historic Filipinotown’s Unidad Park, mural gets cleaned up

LOS ANGELES — As the country celebrated Earth Day with science rallies and clean up, one of Filipino American’s most recognizable symbols got a little makeover.

At Unidad Park, where the Filipino American History Mural proudly stands, was one of the projects that the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust took on.

“Unidad Park is a huge asset to this community, and this community has a lot of pride. And you may have heard earlier… how much is appreciated people outside the community has come to this space,” said Aysha Siddoque from the LA Neighborhood Land Trust.

Volunteers painted the benches of the park, which was federally designated a few years ago by then First Lady Michelle Obama as a Preserve America community.

Recently the mural was vandalized, and has been since cleaned up. The Land Trust is hoping the clean up can encourage people to take care of the space.

“It sends a message that this is a community space and it sends that message loud that it’s not going to succumb to those things that might deter folks from coming here and enjoying this space,” said Siddoque.

The new benches will give visitors a cleaner place to sit, as they can learn about Filipino-American history on the 150 foot mural.

Over the years, the mural has been famous throughout the local art scene, Fil-Am historians, and is seen often worldwide through Filipino media.

It might go even more high profile, as a major entertainment production company has recently bought the building it occupies, and will be moving in soon.

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