After San Marcello was closed in 1974, the building became home to Strangers Home Missionary Baptist Church, which about six years ago painted over the murals Walker had created for the building's interior. About that time, a campaign was started to save All of Mankind, but today it continues to fade from view.
William Walker died this week at 85. Mary Schmich of the Tribune has a touching tribute to the artist and his work here. Today, only three of Walker's murals survive, including History of the Packinghouse Worker, at 4859 S. Wabash, which was restored in 1998. All of Mankind continues to slowly disappear from view. The family that runs Strangers Home MB is said to be looking to sell, as the bare land on which the church stands increases in value while the area continues to gentrify.
For now, William Walker's eloquent mural and the church on which it was painted still stand, in eerie isolation, sanctuary turned artifact, losing their footing in the flow of time.