The current owner "Jorge" has occupied the store for the past 33 years. Around the same time in 1979 the mural was painted by Javier Moreno and Mario Falcon. Moreno passed away four years ago and the whereabouts of Falcon are unknown. However, their significant mural has became a cultural historical landmark loved by the community. A much needed restoration of the mural has been necessarily for years. The mural has suffered damage from the past decades of gang warfare in the area. Graffiti and age on the mural have caused some of the original parts to become distorted and worn down.
|Old photographs of original mural are used in restoration|
|(Defaced) Jose Maria Morelos Mexican Revolutionary for Independence|
|Emiliano Zapata and images of gang truce for peace|
|Restoration day 4|
History of El Mercadito
The building of El Mercadito has been standing in the same place for 113 years. It has gone through about 4 different owners and renovations. The first business was a small gas station then it was turned into a market. Jorge explains, the first two owners were of American decent. As the community and demographics started to evolve the market was centered around the Hispanic community. Inside the market there a carneceia and kitchen where people can buy homemade menudo, pupusas, and other antojitos.
|Food and Fresh Meat Counter|
|Original Refrigerators 60-years-old and Still Going|
- Restoration will continue until June 28, 2013
- Cupcake and lemonade sale Saturday June, 22 2013 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Youth essay writing contest deadline August 23, 2013 prize $1000 email UWYF for rules on the contest firstname.lastname@example.org
- Revealing and celebration September 7, 2013 more details will be posted
Volunteers and supplies are welcome! please stop by Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m
United Wilmington Youth Foundation is a non-profit organization started in 1992 by Santos Trani in order to empower youth in Wilmington to contribute in the community positively and avoid gangs. The non-profit was revived last year with a new set of energetic youth and mentors ready to start making changes in the community. Follow them on Facebook here