Victorville Civil Rights Memorial Unveiling Ceremony

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)– On Monday, Jan. 21, the City of Victorville will recognize local student and winner of its annual Civil Rights Memorial Essay Contest, Penelope Trylch. Penelope will read her winning essay, and the City will dedicate a bronze plaque honoring the subject of Penelope’s essay, Harriet Tubman at the City of Victorville Civil Rights Memorial. Harriet Tubman is the fifth Civil Rights Leader to be honored with a bronze plaque in the City’s Memorial.

The unveiling ceremony will take place during the Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., Commemorative Peach March Program planned for Monday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Victorville Civil Rights Memorial at Victorville City Hall, 14343 Civic Dr. The Civil Rights Memorial is located at the south end of the City Hall parking lot area, near Ramona Avenue.

The annual essay contest is open to fifth and sixth graders who live in Victorville and attend either Victor Elementary School District or Oro Grande School District. Students are invited to write essays about a civil rights leader and indicate why he or she should be honored at the memorial. The essays are reviewed by the City of Victorville Community Services Advisory Committee.

A portion of the winning essays appear on plaques displayed at the Civil Rights Memorial as a way to share their stories with the community. Plaques recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Asa Philip Randolph, Frederick Douglass, and Cesar Chavez are currently displayed at the memorial.

This year’s plaque, honoring Harriet Tubman, is sponsored by the Dreamers, Visionaries & Leaders Project and Desert Valley Hospital and Desert Valley Medical Group.

For additional information or to become a sponsor of future Civil Rights Memorial plaques, please call (760) 955-3306, or visit the City of Victorville website.

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