Covington muralist Andrew Sabori, the son of Sicilian and Spanish immigrants, went to Ellis Island one day in 2003 to find out more about his own heritage. Instead, he came away obsessed with a monumental mural that once greeted newcomers to these shores, but had been destroyed by storms.

After much gumshoe-detective work and many blind alleys, Sabori hunted down photos of the Ellis Island mural, painted in 1935 by Edward Laning. Then, with the help of high school students in Nevada and the encouragement of his wife, Roberta, he set about making a 90-foot-long recreation.

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