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Marilyn Murphy lauded as advocate for women

The Catholic Globe | 10/18/2018by: JOANNE FOX www.thecatholicglobe.com Sally Earley told a standing-room-only crowd that her sister Marilyn Murphy would not have been comfortable with the host of accolades presented Oct. 4. “If Marilyn were standing here today, she would ask, ‘Why me?’” Earley said. “Her mission was to make life better for others.” The Celebrating Community Project dedicated five new bronze sculptures, created by Mark Avery of North Sioux City, S.D., honoring the courage, sacrifice and selflessness of ordinary […]

Celebrating a Pioneering Educator

Sioux City Journal | 10/14/18by: Earl Horlyk – www.siouxcityjournal.com Sioux City’s first African-American teacher talks candidly about struggles and discrimination SIOUX CITY — When Evelyn (Walker) Freeman walked into her Lincoln Elementary School third grade classroom in 1955, she knew how significant it was being the first African-American teacher ever to be hired by the Sioux City School District. But to her students, she was simply Mrs. Freeman. “Children don’t care what color you are,” she said, reflecting upon the […]

Busts dedicated for five more community leaders in downtown Sioux City

Sioux City Journal | 10/5/18by: Journal StaffPhoto by: Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal www.siouxcityjournal.com SIOUX CITY — Five new sculptures depicting Siouxland leaders were dedicated Thursday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Transportation Center in downtown Sioux City. The five individuals honored with Celebrating Community Project sculptures include: Susan LaFlesche Picotte for her work with Native/indigenous Americans; Mike Wood for his work with homeless Americans; Evelyn Freeman for her work with African-Americans; Marilyn Murphy for her work as a women’s […]

More sculptures of equality advocates coming to Sioux City facility

Sioux City Journal | 9/25/18by: Bret HayworthPhoto by: Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal www.siouxcityjournal.com SIOUX CITY — Five new sculptures will be dedicated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Transportation Center in downtown Sioux City in October. The Celebrating Community Project in a Tuesday release announced the upcoming dedication of bronze sculptures, which are designed to honor the courage, sacrifice and selflessness of ordinary Siouxlanders at 4 p.m. on Oct. 4. The people honored with new sculptures include: Native/Indigenous Americans: […]

Marilyn Murphy sculpture to be dedicated Oct. 4

The Catholic Globe | 9/20/2018by: JOANNE FOX www.thecatholicglobe.com Artist Mark Avery believes the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said it well: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” It’s a question that was also addressed by Marilyn Murphy, the first diocesan social concerns facilitator/rural life contact for Catholic Charities, whose likeness Avery has captured in a bronze bust. That creation will be revealed at a 4 p.m. dedication ceremony, Oct. 4 at the Martin […]

THE REGULARS: Belief in promise of America motivates local pastor

Sioux City Journal | 10/16/16by: Katie CollingPhoto by: Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal www.siouxcityjournal.com SIOUX CITY | The atmosphere was both solemn and jubilant Thursday outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Transportation Center as community members dedicated the first five sculptures in a project honoring those who have helped the marginalized. In a moving ceremony held in the Martin Luther King Jr. Transportation Center on Oct. 6, the Celebrating Community Project paid tribute to four individuals who dedicated their lives […]

Four honored for their advocacy at Sioux City ceremony

Sioux City Journal | 10/06/16by: IAN RICHARDSONPhoto by: Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal www.siouxcityjournal.com SIOUX CITY | Four new sculptures have been added to a collection honoring some of Siouxland’s most dedicated lifelong community advocates. Community members packed the first floor of the Martin Luther King Transportation Center Thursday afternoon for the dedication of phase two of the Celebrating Community Project, which is recognizing 13 Siouxlanders advocates who have dedicated their time advocating for the marginalized in Siouxland. Honorees recognized […]

Sioux City gathers to celebrate community civil-rights leaders

Sioux City Journal | 10/02/15by: Mike BellPhoto by: Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal www.siouxcityjournal.com SIOUX CITY | The atmosphere was both solemn and jubilant Thursday outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Transportation Center as community members dedicated the first five sculptures in a project honoring those who have helped the marginalized. Four of the artworks, part of the Celebrating Community Project, are busts representing local people who have made notable contributions to creating a better society. They are Beulah Webb, […]

Celebrating Community Project taking shape in Sioux City

Sioux City Journal | 6/25/15by: Greg ForbesPhoto by: Justin Wan, Sioux City Journalwww.siouxcityjournal.com SIOUX CITY | Curved steel beams, painted russet brown and soaring to a peak, form an eyecatching and symbolic new feature on Nebraska Street. The sculpture, called “the arc” by creator Mark Avery, is the first piece to be installed in the Celebrating Community Project at the Martin Luther King Jr. Transportation Center. The project is intended as a tribute to men and women who have worked […]

“CELEBRATING COMMUNITY SCULPTURE PARK” Will Honor Those Who Advocated for Justice and Equality in Sioux City, Iowa

Sculptures Pacific Magazine | 2014/2015 Issue 10Pages: 18-20www.sculpturespacific.com 2015 is the target date for opening the Celebrating Community Sculpture Park where thirteen bronze sculptures by Artist Mark Avery will have a permanent home at the Martin Luther King Transportation Center in Sioux City, Iowa. The Park will honor the strength, commitment and fortitude of common, ordinary people who represent the best of humanity in the Sioux City area. The idea of the park was conceived by Mark Avery, whose bronze […]