Siouxland celebrates community heroes

Busts of heroes installed outside Martin Luther King Jr. Transportation Center

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - It can be a tendency to look nationally for some type of hero that's making history, but as local NAACP President Flora Lee says, sometimes, we don't have to look further than our own backyard. Here's a look at how Siouxland is doing just that.

"We have to keep the history alive because if we don't know where we've been we don't know where we're going," said Lee

Siouxland is keeping its history alive by proudly presenting a sculpture park which represents many of the heroes of Siouxland. These are people who have spoken up for folks who have not been able to speak for themselves and these busts represent programming that has paved the way and positively impacted the Siouxland community.

"We're seeing an increase of people who are homeless, an increase of people with mental health issues, increase in poverty, and all of the people that are represented out there have spoken to those issues in one way or another," Lee said.

Here are just a few Siouxland heroes on display outside of the Martin Luther King Jr. Transportation Center:

Richard Owens has always focused on working with students with disabilities. He continues to do that and he's well into his 80's...

Connie Spain is a woman who really brought to the forefront the issue of alcoholism and substance abuse in this community and focused on getting treatment programs started, and was very instrumental in getting people into recovery...

George Boykin who has focused on children and has been real instrumental in the Sanford Community Center and the Siouxland Community Health Center."

Artist Mark Avery says it's a great honor to sculpt Siouxland history and explains the significance behind where you can find his busts.

"This project was started down here at the Martin Luther King Jr. Transportation Center because Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the greatest leaders our world has ever known. He gave us the leadership model where he led with his heart," said Avery

Next time you're downtown and wondering what those head statues are all about, be sure to stop and read how they're paving the way in our own backyard. 


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