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Best Saved Murals Orange County 2012 - Lemon Street Overpass

Lemon Street Overpass

Lemon Street Overpass

701 S. Lemon St.

Fullerton, CA 92832

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Painted during the 1970s at the height of the Chicano mural movement, these simple, innocuous images—the Virgin of Guadalupe, a woman in a fedora, a lowrider, among others—painted on an overpass that connects a Fullerton neighborhood to Lemon Park were slated for destruction by the City Council, especially by then-councilman, now-Supervisor Shawn Nelson. Instead, public uproar not only saved the murals, but also led to funding to restore them—that hasn't happened yet, but in a county intent on destroying its few remaining Chicano murals, it's a victory as unlikely and permanent as the Battle of Puebla.

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