There are no shortage of tributes in Corpus Christi to Selena, the “Queen of Tejano.” Many of them have been around for years and were created not long after Selena’s tragic death in 1995. Now, one of them is about to get a major makeover.
The Selena mural on Elvira Street in the Molina neighborhood, and not far from Selena’s childhood home, has been around for more than 20 years.It’s now showing signs of wear and tear, including chipped paint and cracked walls. Eric Tunchez, a local non-profit leader who grew up in the area, is leading the push to make a new and improved version.
He and others hosted a farewell party Thursday night for the public to get a last glimpse of the original mural. Honey Andrews, a Selena impersonator based in Corpus Christi, also performed for the crowd.
Many people who live in the neighborhood say they’re happy the mural is getting a fresh look.
“The person who did it the first time; they did a real good job. but as you can tell, it needs a revamping,” said Dapper Don, a local DJ who played some of Selena’s hit songs at Thursday’s event. “This is the last time you’re going to see it like this. And the next time y’all do see it, it’s going to be bigger and better.”
It’s unclear how similar or different the design of the new mural will be, compared to the current mural. Organizers also didn’t give an exact date of when the revamped mural will be revealed. However, Dapper Don says organizers plan to throw another party for the public when it’s unveiled.
Work on the new mural is expected to start in the next week or two.