Magazine article The Crisis

Celebrating Community in Iowa

Magazine article The Crisis

Celebrating Community in Iowa

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Sculpture Park in Sioux City, Iowa recognizes everyday heroes.

In each state, city, small town or local community you'll find those who made a difference in the lives of others, stood up to power, took a stand for justice and fought for what was right.

Sioux City, Iowa, is recognizing its local heroes with a sculpture park. According to the Celebrating Community Project website, the park will honor "the strength, commitment and fortitude of common, ordinary people who represent the best of humanity in Siouxland...people who have taken selfless acfion to help those that have been marginalized."

"There's a rich history here," says Flora Lee, president of the Sioux City, Iowa, NAACP chapter. "The issues that impact large communities of African Americans impacf us, foo."

As a resulf, fhe Celebrating Community Project will honor 13 individuals with bronze busts sculpted in their likeness who worked on behalf of minorities, the elderly, women, children, the homeless, veterans, disabled Americans, and victims of domesfic violence and recovery/substance abuse. Each bust will be placed on a pedestal along with a plaque that tells its story.

The idea of a Sculpture Park came from sculptor Mark Avery and his wife, Terri. Avery had sculpted a bust of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., in honor of thelOOth anniversary of the NAACP and gave it to the Sioux City chapter to be placed in front of the city's Martin Luther King Jr., Transportation Center. He thought it would be a good idea to honor local heroes and partnered with the NAACP to create the Celebrating Community Project organization. …

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