San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Mayor Maury Maverick Mural
Artisans of Mexican Arts and Crafts, founded by San Antonio entrepreneur Ethel Wilson Harris in 1931, created this mural for Mayor Maury Maverick as a private work for a family home.
From 1939 to 1941, Harris also supervised the WPA Arts and Crafts Division, (Works Projects Administration), which produced two other murals that grace the San Antonio River Walk. Her workshop later operated at Mission San Jose from 1941 to 1977.
Tile Historian Susan Toomey Frost rescued this mural from demolition in 1998 and donated it for installation here, near the site of its creation.
Location. 29° 25.91′ N, 98° 29.276′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker can be reached from Lexington Avenue north of Avenue A, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker and subject mural are located on the San Antonio River Walk, on the north side of the river, 1/10 mile east of the Lexington Avenue bridge, at the Hugman Dam site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 Lexington Avenue, San Antonio TX 78205, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hugman Dam (here, next to this marker); River Communities (a few steps from this marker); The River in the 1900s Missions in the San Antonio River Valley (a few steps from this marker); The San Antonio River (a few steps from this marker); The River in the 1800's (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The San Antonio River (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Navarro Street Bridge (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. San Antonio WPA Arts and Crafts Tile Murals
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1. A force of nature: Ethel Wilson Harris. At a time when women’s achievements in the business world were neither expected nor particularly recognized, Ethel Wilson Harris kept achieving a series of firsts. Despite her prodigious impact on San Antonio through much of the 20th century, it’s difficult today to find a lasting memorial to one of the city’s most influential women. (Submitted on June 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Ethel Wilson Harris House. In addition to her tireless preservation efforts, Ethel Harris continued to produce (Submitted on June 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. How WPA Projects Transformed San Antonio. 60 tile artists worked with the Mexican Arts and Crafts workshop of noted San Antonio artisan Ethel Wilson Harris on WPA tile murals, including those adorning the entrance of Alamo Stadium, and the River Walk mural depicting a Mexican sniper in the famous “Twin Cypress” tree between Houston and Commerce streets. Colorful decorative tile is a hallmark of the River Walk, visible throughout its winding stone paths, and the plinths of the Houston Street bridge. (Submitted on June 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Charity & Public Work • Man-Made Features • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.