The Mendez Project

Westminster Mendez Monument

 



Acknowledging the Past Celebrating the Future

While Orange County is not widely recognized as a seat of the civil rights movement, all Americans are indebted to the actions of Gonzalo and Felicitas Mendez, and four other families, who challenged segregation in local schools by suing to end educational segregation in Orange County.

The 1947 court ruling of the Mendez v. Westminster School District case had an immediate impact on Southern California and ultimately paved the way for Civil Rights Legislation nationwide.

Yet, we have no plaques, no statues, and no landmarks honoring its historic significance.
The Westminster Mendez Monument will be a celebration of this epic achievement for all to enjoy. It will serve as a gathering place for people of all races, ages, creeds to come together in remembrance of this historical event, reminding all of us that no dream is too small, and that the future is what you make of it.

The Artist: Ignacio Gomez

Gomez designed the Gabrielino Indian woman statue at New Pacoima Neighborhood City Hall, the Riverside Monument for Cesar Chavez, and Cesar Chavez’s headstone in La Paz, CA. http://www.ignaciogomez.com/bio.html

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

Westminster Mendez Monument contributions are offered at six contribution levels.

Members of all levels will be recognized at the official event program on the day of the monument’s unveiling.

Platinum: $20,000

Includes: Sponsor name and logo display at the dedication, preferred seating and formal recognition at the dedication, engraving of your name/organization at the monument site.

Gold: $15,000

Includes: Sponsor name and logo display at the dedication, preferred seating and formal recognition at the dedication, engraving of your name/organization at the monument site.

Silver: $10,000

Includes: Sponsor name and logo display at the dedication, preferred seating and formal recognition at the dedication, engraving of your name/organization at the monument site.

Bronze: $5,000

Includes: Sponsor name and logo display at the dedication, preferred seating and formal recognition at the dedication, engraving of your name/organization at the monument site.

Copper: $2,500

Includes: Sponsor name and logo display at the dedication, preferred seating and formal recognition at the dedication, engraving of your name/organization at the monument site.

Monument Club: $1,000

Includes: Preferred seating and formal recognition at the dedication, engraving of your name/organization at the monument site.

Other Amount   $_____________   

 

                                          
PLEASE NOTE: The Westminster Mendez Monument reserves the right to make changes to sponsorship details as the planning process progresses. Details regarding engravings at the memorial site are still being developed.

All donation amounts are welcomed and are tax-deductible.

Send payments payable to: “City of Westminster” c/o Westminster Mendez Monument
Address: 8200 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, CA 92683

The City of Westminster is a nonprofit organization. Tax ID# 95-6005897. The City of Westminster will provide a formal acknowledgement letter for any donation of $250 or more for your tax deduction purposes.

Thank you for your contribution to our history!

For more information, please contact, Councilmember Sergio Contreras 
(714) 548-3172 or email: scontreras@westminster-ca.gov