A mural defaced with graffiti will soon breath new life because of the community.
Dozens showed up Saturday morning to help repaint the mural called "Immigration is Beautiful" near 21st and Park Place. Armed with "Krud Kutter" and paint brushes to get rid of the graffiti, with racial slurs on top.
"The mural is not propoganda," said Armando Minjarez, a cultural worker and resident artist who spoke to the group Saturday morning. "That mural is about experiences they have gone through."
One group worked on fixing the mural, another team worked on creating a new mural that will go on the back of the building, and a third team went through the neighborhood to talk to neighbors about the significance of the mural and ask if they to would like to help.
"Pictures are worth a thousand words and we're fixing this picture that someone tried messing up," said Jan Swartzendruber, one of the volunteer painters. "That's what's so neat about this group, it shows you a cross section of Wichita and the ability to work together and that's a really important message to me."
She saw a photo of the graffiti and decided she wanted to help clean it up.
"I thought this is going to be a wonderful statement for the Wichita community about what Kansans really believe in, understanding, respect and dignity," she said.
A group of Latino students from South High School created the mural.
"It represents the struggles a very specific group of students are going through and have gone through due to their immigration status," said Minjarez. "They decided to paint a mural that talked about their struggles being undocumented immigrants and the aftermath of a broken immigration system."
At least two of the students who helped paint the mural were back Saturday to make sure it was fixed.
"It's sad because we did not expect this to happen," said Viangy Gonzalez, who is 16 years old. She moved to the USA when she was 3 and now went through the process to become a US citizen.
"My mom had to leave and back then I didn't have papers so the hardest part about that was separating from your family," she said. She says to be a US citizen means "united, you can work, you can be somebody, you can follow your dreams."
David Aguilar also helped with the original mural. He's 18 and moved to the USA when he was 1.
"I've always felt that I have been American, but there's always that underlying fact that I don't have papers that document me to say I'm American. So now I can say that and I have nothing to fear."
He gained US citizenship last summer and said it was very costly and difficult to do.
"I'll have a safer and more secure chance now," he said.
Those who showed up were of all races and ethnicity and came together with one goal.
"We can't necessarily change people's hearts, but at least we can say on our wall we're going to have a positive message," said Swartzendruber.