200-Year-Old Mission Dolores Mural Will Be Brought Back to Life on a Market Wall

A sacred heart from the original mural

The Mission District's murals are, by definition, the most public of art, cheering up the urban landscape and deterring graffiti to boot. Yet the barrio's oldest mural — we're talking by hundreds of years — remains largely a secret.

In 2004, Mission Dolores church, which gave the neighborhood its name, hosted a ceremony to welcome Andy Galvan, its new curator. He is descended from the Ohlone tribe, which laid the first bricks of the mission in 1788 at the behest of the Catholic missionaries creating outposts across California.

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