Humanitarian Heroes. In a block size art park. Inspirational. All my heroes from the 20th Century from Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi to Ruby Bridges. On the back of the large sculptures of well-known figures are bas-relief of local heroes... A world-class monument honoring 25 humanitarians. The largest bronze monument West of the Mississippi River.
The Remember Them: Champions for Humanity Monument stands proudly in the new Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Park, in downtown Oakland California. The completion and unveiling ceremony will be held May 31st, 2013 at 3 p.m.. This inspiring larger than life bronze sculpture depicts 25 culturally diverse role models who have made significant contributions toward global peace, freedom and human rights over the past 150 years. See a list of the 25 humanitarians honored on Remember Them below.
"The Monument has been designed in four sections, cast in 60,000 pounds of bronze and will stand 31 feet high and 52 feet long. Sculptor Mario Chiodo, of Oakland California, has donated the design and sculpturing time. While the inspiration for this Monument existed for many years in the Sculptor’s mind, the impetus for the initiation of this work of art was the events of 9/11/2001. A New York City Fire Fighter was added to the fourth and final section of the monument in 2011 as a symbol of courage and dedication, and the City of New York provided a piece of the charred rubble to be included as a lasting reminder of this tragic human event, which was interred inside the fourth section of the Monument."
Local Champions honored on the Remember Them monument:
Joyce Taylor, Henry J. Kaiser, Mary Ann Wright, Joaquin Miller, Fred Korematsu, Dr. Marcus Foster, Oleta Abrams, Carmen Flores, Josie De La Cruz, Royal Towns, Ina Coolbrith, John Grubensky, Ansel Hall, Ohlone Woman
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