A year after its removal, an East Austin mural featuring the image of a pregnant black woman will be repainted Saturday from 4-6 p.m. in North Austin on 948 Payton Gin Road at Alli Mexican Cuisine.
The mural, formerly on the corner of 12th and Chicon streets, informed passersby of the nonprofit organization Mama Sana Vibrant Woman, which offers post- and prenatal care to black and Latina women at a time when U.S. maternal mortality rates have captured international attention. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications.
The mural’s removal occurred, according to the nonprofit, after new owners purchased the property that housed the art. Shortly after the loss of the Mama Sana mural, another 12th and Chicon corner mural featuring African-American music legends also was removed by a different business owner and further incensed the neighborhood.
In February, the original artist repainted a new mural in the same location. In addition to national icons, it now includes local prominent black and Latino residents, including East Austinite Richard Overton, the believed to be the nation’s oldest living World War II veteran.
“Repainting (the Mama Sana) mural is so important because it represents what is happening in the city to people of color and low-income people, where market-rate developments, without policies to limit and establish a right to stay, are valued more than the health and well-being of the communities that are being displaced,” Paula Rojas, director of training and education for Mama Sana Vibrant Woman, said in a statement.
Ecuador-based artist Maria “Toofly” Castillo, who painted the original mural, will be back to resurrect it during the community celebration.