[3]:11 In 1983, Ventura City Councilman Russell Burns, a mechanical engineer, presented a report to the City Council describing the deterioration of the statue and concluding that the statue "in the not too distant future will fall apart. Plaque displayed at the base of the statue. A nationwide campaign to remove statues of historical figures deemed to be racist is now bubbling up in Ventura. A wooden version sits inside city hall. Statue of Father Junipero Serra wearing a mask shortly after the COVID-19 outbreak. [7], The disposition of the original clay sculpture is unknown. Photo by Stephen Heap. Ventura sued for removing Serra statue Lawsuit seeks statue's return to site outside City Hall. "I can't say that I agree that the statue should come down," he said. Some missions moved swiftly, such as San Luis Obispo and the San Gabriel Mission, to move their statues by the end of June.. [3]:6 Kangas gathered sand and gravel from the Ventura River,[4] which he used to make a concrete aggregate material that he poured on location into the mold. He established missions up and down California as he traveled by foot from San Diego to San Francisco. Father Junipero Serra(1713-1784) was a Roman CatholicSpanish Franciscan friar who founded nine Spanish Missions in California stretching from San Diegoto Carmel. Statues of Father Junipero Serra are being taken down or torn down due to his historical involvement in enslaving and killing the native people of California. VENTURA, Calif. - A few people stopped by to take pictures of the historic Father Junipero Serra statue in front of Ventura City Hall on Father's Day. The city council decided in 2020 to remove the bronze statue and the wood replica from public display. View of Father Serra Statue and California Street from steps of Ventura City Hall. The concrete statue was replaced by the bronze cast in 1989. Kangas was paid $5,000 for his work. The bronze statue of St. Junipero Serra in front of Ventura's City Hall. Of course he was going to protect us. The city installed a bronze statue in 1989 to replace the deteriorating original. Located on a pedestrian island in front of Ventura City Hall at the intersection of N. California Street and Poli Street is a bronze statue of Father Junipero Serra. To that end, Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere organized a meeting with representatives from the Barbareño/ Ventureño Band of Mission Indians (Chumash) and Father Tom Elewaut of Mission San Buenaventura. Statue of St. Junipero Serra at the Ventura (California) City Hall (photo: Sh) Paul Kengor Nation June 25, 2020. VENTURA (CBSLA) – The Ventura City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to remove a controversial statue of Father Junipero Serra from outside its City Hall. Go out and actually pay somebody to do the work? It was June 2001, our first trip to California. Elewaut said in an interview that he personally favors keeping the statue where it is, but will go along with the others to bring a peaceful resolution to the issue. All rights reserved. Pictured: The bronze statue of Father Junipero Serra at Ventura City Hall. The Indian Council objected due to Father Serra's alleged abuse and enslavement of the Chumash people. Ventura sued for removing Serra statue Lawsuit seeks statue's return to site outside City Hall. The Father Serra statue in Ventura, California, standing 9 feet, 4 inches, was displayed in front of Ventura City Hall between 1936 to 2020. [11] The farm implements museum was delayed when its chief proponent, Bob Pfeiler, became ill.[12] In 1996, the concrete statue was discovered by a reporter for the Los Angeles Times in a scrap yard operated by Oilfield Service & Trucking Company (OST) along Ventura Avenue. To that end, Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere organized a meeting with representatives from the Barbareño/ Ventureño Band of Mission Indians (Chumash) and Father Tom Elewaut of Mission San Buenaventura. [4][29] The bronze cast stands on a concrete base with an outer layer of polished black granite from the Andes Mountains. In addition, the statue was vandalised with paint and the City sandblasted the statue, damaging the statue's smooth outer layer and accelerating the decay. "[30], The City's plan to display the wooden replica in the atrium of Ventura City Hall was met with objections from the city art committee and the Candelaria American Indian Council. [3]:13 In 1986, Burns' proposal was unanimously adopted by the Ventura City Council. Father Serra was called by many "the apostle of California" and has long held an honored place in California's diverse and culturally collaborative history. The original concrete Father Serra statue was declared Ventura Historic Landmark No. Merriam said: "A beautiful statue is about to be made visible, exemplifying the spirit of this pioneering priest – noble, brave and holy – a patriot of patriots. The bronze statue of St. Junipero Serra in front of Ventura's City Hall. During the weekend, two statues of Father Junipero Serra, a Spanish priest who established several missions in California in the 1770’s and helped lead to the settlement of the state, were removed by protesters in Los Angeles and San Francisco. A bronze cast replaced the concrete statue in 1989. Father Serra is known as one of the founders of California’s historic missions. [3]:2 The wood replica was installed at the atrium of Ventura City Hall on October 7, 1988. [3]:2 Kangas was paid $5,000 for his work. In all, 10,000 man hours were dedicated to creating the wood replica. "Father Serra saw himself as a spiritual father for the indigenous people," he said. VENTURA, Calif. [13] A crane from OST had been used to remove the statue in 1989 and the statue was to have been temporarily stored at the OST yard. The Father Serra statue in Ventura, California, standing 9 feet, 4 inches, was displayed in front of Ventura City Hall between 1936 to 2020. US HEADLINES: Nearly 100 speakers took turns over three hours extolling the virtues or excoriating the legacy of 18th century Roman Catholic Saint The unveiling ceremony was attended by Kangas, Governor Frank Merriam, Mayor George A. Newell, Jr., and other notable persons. [4] The City planned to store the concrete statue until the completion of a planned farm implements museum, where the concrete statue was to be installed. Father Serra was called by many "the apostle of California" and has long held an honored place in California's diverse and culturally collaborative history. Kangas had gained some acclaim in 1935 for a heroic statue of a Civilian Conservation Corps worker titled "Conservation of Man and Nature" that was installed at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. [27][28][3]:58–59, The bronze cast[9] was unveiled in front of Ventura City Hall at a ceremony on October 20, 1989, attended by more than 500 persons. [4] Kangas had gained some acclaim in 1935 for a heroic statue of a Civilian Conservation Corps worker titled "Conservation of Man and Nature" that was installed at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere, the Barbareño/Venureño Band of Mission Indians and Father Tom Elewaut issue a joint statement agreeing to move a statue of missionary Junipero Serra. Get a digital subscription. (Credit: Cbl62/wikimedia. 2 statues removed, one more in works. Finnish sculptor John Palo-Kangas originally cast it in cement, which decayed over the years. The wood replica was set in the atrium of the city hall for public display. The nonprofit Coalition for Historical Integrity has sued the city of Ventura over the Ventura City Council’s decision to remove the statue of Father Junipero Serra from the front of Ventura City Hall. "We are calling for restorative justice and are petitioning for his statue to be removed immediately.". In 1782, Serra founded Mission San Buenaventura, his ninth and final mission, on a site that became downtown Ventura. In late May, protesters tore down statues of Serra in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and Los Angeles’s Olvera Street. The Ventura City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to remove a controversial statue of Father Junipero Serra from outside its City Hall. [4] The statue was removed from its pedestal in September 1989 to make room for installation of the bronze cast. Statues of Father Junipero Serra are being taken down or torn down due to his historical involvement in enslaving and killing the native people of California. You can contact him at mike.harris@vcstar.com or 805-437-0323. A statue in Los Angeles and another statue in San Francisco were toppled on Juneteenth. The Father Junipero Serra statue, as seen here in front of Ventura City Hall, has been removed and moved to Mission San Buenaventura. Statue of St. Junipero Serra at the Ventura (California) City Hall (photo: Sh) Paul Kengor Nation June 25, 2020. The Junipero Serra statue at Ventura City Hall. [15] During the 1987 Ventura County Fair, the wood block was temporarily moved to the county fairgrounds where the carvers' work became an attraction for visitors. As deterioration of the concrete statue became a concern, a wood replica was created by local carvers and used to make a bronze cast. The Father Junípero Serra monument has stood as a city landmark in front of the Ventura City Hall since 1936. At 4 a.m. on a Thursday last July — in the midst of nationwide turmoil about the heroes we create when we put statues in public parks — a large bronze statue of Father Junipero Serra was removed from a highly visible location in front of Ventura’s classic Beaux-Arts City Hall. Father Junipero Serra Statue in Downtown Ventura June 14, 2020 / Conejo Joe. [20][3]:17–19[21][22], The reproduction process began by taking precise measurements of all aspects of the concrete statue, using 1,782 points of reference. A statue of Father Junipero Serra stands in front of the San Gabriel Mission in San Gabriel, California on September 23, 2015. Members of the art committee felt the statue was too large and not harmonious with the design of the atrium. It belongs where it was placed, by the community of Ventura and the generous fundraising efforts to replace the historic statue. "Serra is not the historical hero people thought when this landmark statue to him was erected," the petition states. [13][3]:53 As of April 2018[update], the concrete statue remained at the OST yard in a decaying wooden crate. The last of these nine missions, founded on March 31, 1782, was Mission San Buenaventura, which today is an active parish of 3,000 members located at 211 East Main Street in Ventura. requesting that the City of Ventura remove the statue of Father Junipero Serra from its location near City Hall. [5], Kangas began by visiting the Santa Barbara and Ventura missions to study images of Serra and to learn about his life and style of dress. More coverage: Intertribal powwow comes to Oxnard. Mask appears on Junipero Serra statue in Ventura Tracy Lehr / KEYT Statue of Father Junipero Serra wearing a mask shortly after the COVID-19 outbreak. "We've been seeing around the country and the world statues of racist and genocidal people being taken down and we think it's time that happens in Ventura," said Ben Leaños, 23, of Camarillo, one of the demonstration's organizers. Following Serra's canonization in 2015, Serra statues were vandalized at Carmel Mission (smeared with green paint, "Saint of Genocide" written on a headstone),[42] Monterey's Lower Presidio Historic Park (decapitated),[43] San Fernando Mission (hands painted red and word "murderer" scrawled),[44] Mission Santa Barbara (decapitated and covered in red paint),[45] and San Gabriel Mission (cut with electric saw and splashed with red paint). A statue of Father Junipero Serra stands in front of the San Gabriel Mission in San Gabriel, California on September 23, 2015. The bronze statue of St. Junipero Serra in front of Ventura's City Hall. He also made multiple sketches in preparation for the work. "We all believe that the removal of the statue should be accomplished without force, without anger and ... without uncivil discourse, much less vandalism," the statement says. The petition also calls for the Ventura Unified School District to move towards changing the names of Junipero Serra Elementary and Blanche Reynolds Elementary schools. Emily Morris 2020-07-31T13:51:49-07:00 July 30th, 2020 | A statue of Father Junipero Serra is removed from in front of Ventura City Hall on July 23. A place to not constantly be reminded of what happened to us and our families.". And I suspect that it's probably inevitable.". This statue of Father Junípero Serra in front of Ventura City Hall and other Serra statues will be removed. Meanwhile, a petition on change.org to have the statue taken down had gathered more than 5,200 signatures as of Thursday afternoon. "[3]:28 Master carver Wilbur Rubottom and a team of 16 carvers from the Channel Islands Carvers club then painstakingly created the wood replica in a studio at the old livery building on Palm Street in Ventura. "[36], In June 2020 as the national call for the removal certain statues intensified, the mayor of Ventura, the pastor of Mission San Buenaventura and Julie Tumait-Stenslie, the tribal chair of the Barbareño/Venureño Band of Mission Indians, issued a joint statement agreeing to take down the statue and have it “moved to a more appropriate non-public location.”[37] Tumait-Stenslie, reacting to defenders of Serra who say he protected and cared for indigenous people, said .mw-parser-output .templatequote{overflow:hidden;margin:1em 0;padding:0 40px}.mw-parser-output .templatequote .templatequotecite{line-height:1.5em;text-align:left;padding-left:1.6em;margin-top:0}, "He did that because we were the free labor force, the slave labor for the missions. This statue of Father Junípero Serra in front of Ventura City Hall and other Serra statues will be removed. [46], The attention and damage to the statues of Junípero Serra was renewed during the George Floyd protests which expanded to include monuments of individuals associated with the controversy over the genocide of indigenous peoples in the Americas. The statue of St. Junipero Serra is the latest to be either defaced or forcibly removed by people protesting against monuments that depict the country's colonial and racist past. 3 in 1974. LaVere said he, Elewaut and Tumamait-Stenslie plan to attend Saturday's rally. Reynolds was a segregationist who favored maintaining "white privilege in schools" and espoused anti-Mexican sentiments, the petition says. Community Leaders Propose Moving Controversial Statue On South Coast . Demanded by many Ventura residents for weeks, a controversial statue of 18th century Spanish missionary Junipero Serra was removed from in front of City Hall early Thursday. The young Catholics placed themselves between the vandals and the statue of Saint Junipero Serra located at Ventura city hall in California Thu Jun 25, 2020 - 3:36 pm EST © 2021 www.vcstar.com. Serra oversaw the construction of nine of the California missions. (Credit Ken Lund/Flickr/ CC BY-SA 2.0) (Credit Ken Lund/Flickr/ CC BY-SA 2.0) By a 6-0 vote, the Ventura City Council approved a motion at the end of a special meeting on Wednesday, July 15, to permanently remove two statues of St. Junípero Serra from public land. The Ventura City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to remove a controversial statue of Father Junipero Serra from outside its City Hall. [1] The statue, standing nine feet, four inches in height shows Father Serra standing with his head facing to the left and wearing a Franciscan cassock with cowl, sandals, and a rope belt (or cincture), a rosary hanging from the belt, a book in his left hand, and a walking stick (or staff) in his right hand. The Father Junipero Serra statue, as seen here in front of Ventura City Hall, has been removed and moved to Mission San Buenaventura. [31][25], In May 1980, primer paint was poured over the concrete statue; city workers sandblasted the paint from the statue. 3 in 1974. [12][14], Ownership of the concrete statue passed from Ventura County to the City of Ventura in 1971. US HEADLINES: Nearly 100 speakers took turns over three hours extolling the virtues or excoriating the legacy of 18th century Roman Catholic Saint by Kimberly Rivers. [26] A group of the student artists visited the wood statue at the old livery building and made latex molds in multiple sections. The story announced: "'Fray Junipero Serra', by John Palo-Kangas, one of the scale models of sculpture to be shown at the Butte Art Center, beginning on April 21st, is in the original at the Ventura county courthouse at San Buenaventura, Calif."[8], Kangas next built a breakaway mold of the clay sculpture using plaster of paris. kimberly@vcreporter.com. LaVere said in an interview that removal of the statue would have to be authorized by the Ventura City Council and should also involve the voices of the Chumash tribe and Ventura residents. "The removal of the statue is going to give us a place to breathe. "Junipero Serra is the head of Ventura, he has been with us from the beginning, I am sorry to see he has a mask on again." Junipero Serra founded the city of Ventura in 1782 when he established the mission of San Buenaventura, and his statue has stood in front of the city hall since 1936. Related news: Newsom apologizes to Native Americans in California, "The statue represents a very dark time in our history," said Julie Tumamait-Stenslie, tribal chair of the Barbareno/Ventureno Band of Mission Indians (Chumash). But it wasn’t toppled by protesters. [3]:3 In August 1936, the Los Angeles Times published on its front page a large photograph of Kangas posing with the clay sculpture. Ventura, Calif. — The public is invited to join the Ventura City Council for a virtual community discussion on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. about the Father Junipero Serra statue, located near City Hall on Poli Street. The Father Serra statues in downtown Ventura (Both outside and inside City Hall) are offensive and must be taken down by the City of Ventura, and Ventura Unified must move towards changing the names of Junipero Serra Elementary and Blanche Reynolds Elementary schools, immediately. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) For a time Saturday, it looked as if a statue of Junipero Serra outside City Hall in downtown Ventura might join the growing ranks of toppled figures. On the same day the statue of the same man was toppled in Los Angeles. Please do not move or destroy the statue of Father Junipero Serra. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) For a time Saturday, it looked as if a statue of Junipero Serra outside City Hall in downtown Ventura might join the growing ranks of toppled figures. The nonprofit Coalition for Historical Integrity has sued the city of Ventura over the Ventura City Council’s decision to remove the statue of Father Junipero Serra from the front of Ventura City Hall. NOTE: On June 18, 2020, the City of Ventura issued a press release stating that it plans to work with members of the community in moving the statue of Father Junipero Serra to a new, non-public location. In 1935, Uno John Palo Kangas (1904–1957), a sculptor born in Finland and raised in Michigan, was commissioned by Ventura County and the Works Progress Administration to create a statue of Father Serra as part of the Federal Art Project. [3]:57 The bronze figure was then cast in 20 pieces using the "lost wax" method. It is as iconic as the train horn that announces the train’s arrival, in this beautiful city. Marieanne Quiroz, a spokeswoman for the district, could not be reached for comment. The Junipero Serra statue at Ventura City Hall. [6] The sculpting process began with the creation of a full-size clay model; the clay model took four months to complete and was built at Kangas' studio at 3929 Fountain Avenue in Los Angeles. [3]:13[15], Based on the findings, Councilman Burns proposed the creation of a wood replica of the statue which could then be used as a model for a bronze cast to be put in place of the decaying concrete statue. [3]:6 According to a contemporary of the artist, Kangas used Meiners Oak resident Gordon Douglas as a model for the face of Serra. [32] In January 1991, four glass jars of orange and blue paint were thrown at the bronze cast; the words "Spirit of Crazy Horse" and an image of a clenched fist were also spray-painted on the sidewalk at the base of the statue. No. VENTURA (CBSLA) – The Ventura City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to remove a controversial statue of Father Junipero Serra from outside its City Hall. Newsom apologizes to Native Americans in California, Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. A demonstration is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday to demand that a statue of Father Junipero Serra on public property in front of Ventura City Hall be taken down on grounds he committed atrocities against Native Americans, including the Chumash, in the 18th century. The City had already commissioned through the art committee a series of murals reproducing local Chumash petroglyphs in the atrium. "Father Serra destroyed many tribes — their culture. Yes. Father Serra is credited with bringing Catholicism to California but many blame him for what they say were his efforts to do away with … It was June 2001, our first trip to California. The statue is a designated historic landmark, the statement says. "Were people decimated? The original concrete Father Serra statue was declared Ventura Historic Landmark No. The city installed a bronze statue in 1989 to replace the deteriorating original. [2], In 1935, Uno John Palo Kangas (1904–1957), a sculptor born in Finland and raised in Michigan, was commissioned by Ventura County and the Works Progress Administration to create a statue of Father Serra as part of the Federal Art Project. Although the historic figure is … [49], 1936 Federal Art Project in Ventura, California of Junípero Serra, Bronze cast in front of Ventura City Hall in 2009. A demonstration was held. [3]:6, On November 27, 1936, Kangas' concrete sculpture[9] was unveiled in front of the Ventura County Courthouse (later converted to Ventura City Hall). The Father Junípero Serra monument has stood as a city landmark in front of the Ventura City Hall since 1936. For the first time in Ventura County, a statue representing the colonization, enslavement and killing of the Chumash people, the indigenous people who lived on the land that today is called the City of San Buenaventura, will be removed. A demonstration is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday to demand that a statue of Father Junipero Serra on public property in front of Ventura City Hall be … "As a community we cannot and will not support the dehumanization of the Native American community any longer," the petition says. Mike Harris covers the East County cities of Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks, as well as transportation countywide. (Credit Ken Lund/Flickr/ CC BY-SA 2.0) (Credit Ken Lund/Flickr/ CC BY-SA 2.0) The future of a statue St. Junípero Serra in the city of Ventura will be brought before the court of public opinion at a virtual community discussion to … Serra is credited with bringing Catholicism to California in the 18th century when it was a Spanish colony. In Ventura, the letter announcing the removal of the Serra statue was signed by Mayor Matt LaVere; Father Tom Elewaut, pastor at the San Buenaventura Mission Church; and … SUPPORT LOCAL JOURNALISM and get all the latest East County news from Star reporter Mike Harris. The Father Serra statues in downtown Ventura (Both outside and inside City Hall) are offensive and must be taken down by the City of Ventura, and Ventura Unified must move towards changing the names of Junipero Serra Elementary and Blanche Reynolds Elementary schools, immediately. But how do we best do it? For a time Saturday, it looked as if a statue of Junipero Serra outside City Hall in downtown Ventura might join the growing ranks of toppled figures. He had free slave labor.”[38], The removal proposal was overwhelmingly approved by the city council in July. During the weekend, two statues of Father Junipero Serra, a Spanish priest who established several missions in California in the 1770’s and helped lead to the settlement of the state, were removed by protesters in Los Angeles and San Francisco. [48] The Mission San Luis Obispo also removed their statue from public display. [41], Junípero Serra was a Roman Catholic Spanish priest and friar of the Franciscan Order who founded nine Spanish missions in California. Elewaut defended Serra against allegations that he was racist and committed genocide. In Ventura he was protected by young people from Ventura. "We have listened and we have heard the calls from those in the community and believe the time has come for the statue to be taken down and moved to a more appropriate non-public location," it says. [3]:13 The studies reached the conclusion that the statue should be moved inside and that the statue was too fragile to be copied by molding. Such a move would be "a historic decision," the statement says. In a joint statement released Thursday, Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere, Father Tom Elewaut of Mission San Buenaventura and Tumamait-Stenslie say they agree the statue should be removed from the public property. [35] In August 2017, amid the controversy over public display and vandalism of Serra statues, the Ventura County Star published an Op-ed calling for the removal of such statues. Some missions moved swiftly, such as San Luis Obispo and the San Gabriel Mission, to move their statues by the end of June.. Father Serra statue (Ventura, California), national call for the removal certain statues, Barbareño/Venureño Band of Mission Indians, City of Ventura Historic Landmarks and Districts, "City of San Buenaventura Historic Landmarks & Districts", "Ventura City Council Votes To Remove Junipero Serra Statue", "Father Serra's Statue Gets New Life – in Bronze", "Sculptor Will Depict C.C.C. In other states, some statues have been vandalized and forcibly removed by demonstrators. [3]:2 The carvers' studio was open to the public, and busloads of schoolchildren, senior citizens, and tourists visited the studio to observe the process. View of Father Serra Statue and California Street from steps of Ventura City Hall. [15][3]:28–39[23][24] The carving began with large strips of basswood from linden trees in a Great Lakes forest that were glued together to form a 1,200-pound block. The City loaned an initial sum of $15,000 to begin the process to be repaid by local boosters who raised more than $100,000 through the sale of limited edition 18-inch bronze replicas (hand-tooled by Charles Kubilos),[16][17] posters/lithographs,[18][19] and T-shirts, hats, and pins bearing the phrase "I Support the Serra Statue". [3]:6 After the concrete hardened, the mold was removed and Kangas smoothed the outer surface. There’s been controversy over whether a statue of Father Junipero Serra should remain in downtown Ventura, in from of Ventura City Hall. A statue of Father Junipero Serra stands in front of the San Gabriel Mission on September 23, 2015. ", Even so, Elewaut said he acknowledged "the hurt and the loss of culture that the indigenous people experienced.". After the Courthouse was repurposed as Ventura City Hall, the concrete Father Serra statue was designated as City of Ventura Historic Landmark No. In his speech, Gov. In late June, this movement hit close to home in Ventura. Junipero Serra founded the city of Ventura in 1782 when he established the mission of San Buenaventura, and his statue has stood in front of the city hall since 1936. The special public meeting will include the Ventura Mayor, City Council, and City leadership. The last of these nine missions, founded on March 31, 1782, was Mission San Buenaventura, which today is an active parish of 3,000 members located at 211 East Main Streetin Ventura. The statue, sculpted by Uno John Palo Kangas, was placed in a prominent location in a public park across the street from the Ventura County Courthouse in 1936. He gained sainthood in 2015 when he was canonized by Pope Francis. The statue of St. Junipero Serra is the latest to be either defaced or forcibly removed by people protesting against monuments that depict the country's colonial and racist past. [3]:59, The bronze cast replaced the original concrete statue in 1989 in the small park at the top of California Street overlooking downtown Ventura and the Pacific Ocean. "[3]:12 The City in 1984 commissioned studies of the statue by an art conservator, an engineering firm, and a concrete expert. He enslaved us and degraded us as human beings.". Was it purposeful? [47] A statue in Carmel was removed for safekeeping. 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