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Rosa Parks Statue Planned in San Bernardino

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By Rory O’Sullivan

A San Bernardino sculptor said he needs the communities help to bring his dream of a statue of civil rights legend Rosa Parks to life.

Patrick Jewett and a coalition of local leaders have come together for the placement of the statue in front of the Rosa Parks Memorial Building in San Bernardino.

“I thought it would be a good idea,” said Jewett. “I wanted to show even the most common of people can stand against injustice.”

Parks’ refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a public bus in Montgomery, Ala., helped launch nationwide efforts to end segregation of public facilities.

A Rosa Parks 100th Birthday Celebration Breakfast fundraiser will be held Feb. 4th, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at The Castaways Restaurant, 670 W. Kendall Drive, San Bernardino. The project is being privately funded and they are requesting a $40 donation per person for the breakfast.

The bronze life size statue will have a donor plaque and long enough to fit a person on either side of the statue. The total cost of the statue will be $45,000.

Jewett was inspired to create the statue in 1991 when Rosa Parks was the Grand Marshal of the Black History Parade, held by the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation. After the Rosa Parks Memorial Building was dedicated in 2008 he knew the statue would have a home and began creating it.

They are planning to commemorate the statue on Dec. 1st, the day Parks was arrested which sparking (ed) the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Jewett has sculptures all over the Inland Region located at Hulda Crooks Park in Loma Linda, Palm Desert Sheriff's Station, and a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Fontana.

“I was inspired by her as a person,” said Jewett. “I want to spark that interest for future generations.”

For more information, call Patrick Jewett at 909-883-5411 or Liz Cebillos at 951- 334-9747.

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