Five ordinary Siouxlanders who did extraordinary work in their communities are being honored today.
The Celebrating Community Project is dedicating five new bronze sculptures in their honor at the MLK transportation Center in downtown Sioux City. Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Siouxland native and sculptor behind the project, Mark Avery says it’s important to recognize selflessness in leaders on the local level.
“I think the purpose for memorializing all these local leaders in bronze is to help us appreciate all the wonderful leadership in Sioux City that’s right here, home-grown leadership that have helped people that are disadvantaged, that didn’t have the same opportunities that some of us have.”
The dedication will begin later this afternoon at 4 p.m. A short program will highlight the contributions of each leader being honored.
The honorees include Native/Indigenous Americans: Susan LaFlesche Picotte, M.D.; Homeless Americans: Mike Wood; African Americans: Evelyn Freeman; Women’s Advocate: Marilyn Murphy; and Victims of Domestic Violence: Rhoda Tenuta.
Light refreshments will be available following the ceremony.