Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts was designated a National Historic Landmark on Wednesday by U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

The designation places the iconic mural by the Mexican master on a list of more than 2,500 sites across the U.S. recognized "as places that possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States," the National Park Service said in a news release Wednesday.

Rivera, who died in 1957, executed the murals depicting the city of Detroit's manufacturing base and labor force on the four walls of the DIA's Garden Court between July 1932 and March 1933.

"Considered by many scholars to be Rivera's greatest extant work in the United States, Detroit Industry is an exemplary representation of the introduction and emergence of mural art in the United States between the Depression and World War II," the National Park Service said in its release.

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