Choosing the Honorees

Organizations representing marginalized populations in Siouxland, both past and present, be it African Americans, Hispanics/Latino Americans, Jewish Americans, Native/Indigenous Americans, Asian Americans, Elderly, Women, Children, the Homeless, Veterans, Disabled Americans, Victims of Domestic Violence, and Those Recovering from Addictions/Substance Abuse, selected an individual who has been a champion for their group and has made a significant difference in the lives of Siouxlanders.

How will they be honored?

A bronze bust will be sculpted of the honorees by Siouxland native, Mark Avery, an accomplished sculptor. The busts will be placed on pedestals along with a plaque that will explain their role as a champion for the marginalized group and placed in a sculpture park setting. Pulling the art park together will be a large sculpted arc displaying the inspirational sculpture park theme:“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Martin Luther King Jr.


Evelyn Freeman, African American Honoree

Evelyn M. Freeman

Native/Indigenous Americans

Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte, Native/Indigenous Americans

Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte


Marilyn Murphy, Women Honoree

Marilyn Murphy



Sgt John Rice

Recovery-Substance Abuse


Connie Spain

Hispanics/Latino Americans

Tomasa Guerra Salas

Tomasa Guerra Salas

Asian Americans

Nguyen Thi Hong Cuc

Nguyen Thi Hong Cuc


George Boykin

George Boykin

Disabled Americans

Richard T. Owens

Richard T. Owens

Jewish Americans


Rabbi Albert Gordon



Beulah Webb

the Homeless

Michael J. Wood, the Homeless Honoree

Michael J Wood

Victims of Domestic Violence

Rhoda Tenuta, Victims of Domestic Violence Honoree

Rhoda Tenuta