October 5, 2018 Society & Politics

First African American SCCSD educator one of five new bronze sculptures dedicated

Evelyn Freeman

The MLK Transportation Center is displaying some new art in front of its building.

The Celebrating Community Project Thursday dedicated five new bronze sculptures honoring influential Siouxlanders.

The milestone also marks renaming the project – to the Rudy and Flora Lee Celebrating Community Project.

The two are lifelong advocates for justice and equality.

The sculptures, reflecting the work of selfless and courageous people, honor five people.

They are:
Evelyn Freeman, an Advocate for African Americans, and the first African American educator for the Sioux City Community School District,
Marilyn Murphy, an Advocate for Women,
Susan  LaFlesche Picotte, an Advocate for Native Americans,
Rhoda Tenuta, an Advocate for Victims of Domestic Violence,
And Mike Wood, an Advocate for the Homeless.

The block of Nebraska Street now is the home of the sculptures.

“I think this block oughta be a reminder in the future of what’s good about not only this community but America,” said Mayor Bob Scott, Sioux City. “We oughta not forget that.”

The NAACP and the Celebrating Community Foundation co-sponsored the sculpture park.

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by Jennifer Lenzini