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


Famed Artist, Sculptor and Muralist Ignacio Gomez currently has a painting hanging in the Smithsonian American Museum.

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.




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In order to assist with the donation collection, the City of Westminster is acting as the fiscal agent for this project on the behalf of the Westminster Heritage Memorial Committee. All donation amounts are welcome and are tax-deductible.


In order to make a donation, please use the “Donate” button at the top of the page or send a donation check payable to:


City of Westminster c/o Westminster Mendez Monument

8200 Westminster Blvd

Westminster, CA



The City of Westminster is a nonprofit organization. Tax ID: 95-6005897.


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The City of Westminster and the Westminster Heritage Memorial Committee would like to thank you for contributing to our history.