Riverside peace walk celebrates start of civil rights museum project – Press-Enterprise

A peace walk and ceremony was staged Thursday, Oct. 22, to celebrate the anticipated start of construction of a civil rights museum and other facilities in downtown Riverside.

About 70 people walked from the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in front of Riverside City Hall to a mural of civil rights icon John Lewis, at the site of the planned Mission Heritage Plaza on Mission Inn Avenue.

“With his recent passage we wanted to pay homage to his work,” Angel Rodriguez, board member with the Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California, said of Lewis.

Rodriguez said 150 attended the ceremony.

The 1.4-acre Mission Heritage Plaza will feature a Fair Housing Council of Riverside County office in addition to the institute museum, which will highlight the Inland Empire’s contribution to the civil rights movement, he said.

Also planned is a community center and 72 homes for lower-income families and homeless veterans.

Construction will begin late this year or early next, with the plaza opening in 2022, Rodriguez said. It is to be built through a partnership with Wakeland Housing and Development Corp., a news release states.


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