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The Keepers of Chicano Park’s History

Most days, at least a couple of tour groups can be spotted making their way through Chicano Park [1], the park tucked under the San Diego-Coronado Bridge in Barrio Logan.

Folks stop to snap selfies in front of the colorful murals as they learn about the park’s history and significance.

Photo by Sam Hodgson [2]
Photo by Sam Hodgson

Each mural has a story. Each artist who helped paint the murals has a story. And of course, the park itself has a story that’s packed with politics, turmoil and community pride.

Photo by Kinsee Morlan [3]
Photo by Kinsee Morlan

For now, volunteer tour guides – local educators, historians, longtime neighborhood residents and the Chicano Park muralists themselves – are the keepers of the park’s history.

But those guides are getting older and some have already passed away. That’s part of what’s behind the push to turn a vacant, city-owned building that borders the park into a museum [4] where the park’s narrative can be stored and accessed by the public for decades to come.

Photo by Kinsee Morlan [5]
Photo by Kinsee Morlan

In episode three of Culturecast, VOSD’s podcast covering the intersection of arts and gentrification in Barrio Logan, I dig deep into the movement to open the Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center [6].

Subscribe to Culturecast on iTunes [7] or get the RSS feed here [8]. Stream it here [9]. Request a transcription of the show [10].