El Barrio Today presents Jesus Papoleto Melendez on The Pedro Pietri Mural.
The EL BARRIO TODAY ARTS CLUSTER is a group founded by East Harlem's cultural organizations in an effort to guide you through your discovery of the beauty and singularity of El Barrio's cultural identity.
EL BARRIO is an area located in East Harlem and carries a unique history that is still evident today. From the moment you arrive, you're surrounded by its colors, rhythms and intense cultural richness. Diversity is reflected everywhere you turn through a multitude of restaurants, shops, gardens, galleries and murals.
THE PEDRIO PIETRI MURAL memorializes the Reverend Pedro Pietri, founder of the Nuyorican Poets Café and prominent figure in East Harlem History. Pietri was of Puerto Rican descent and a lifelong resident of El Barrio. His poetry evoked a spirit of activism.