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The Indian Council objected due to Father Serra's alleged abuse and enslavement of the Chumash people. by Kimberly Rivers. [3]:57 The bronze figure was then cast in 20 pieces using the "lost wax" method. 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VENTURA, Calif. - Leaders from the City of Ventura have been discussing the future removal of … The Father Junipero Serra statue, as seen here in front of Ventura City Hall, has been removed and moved to Mission San Buenaventura. 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. [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. After the Courthouse was repurposed as Ventura City Hall, the concrete Father Serra statue was designated as City of Ventura Historic Landmark No. The city installed a bronze statue in 1989 to replace the deteriorating original. © 2021 www.vcstar.com. [49], 1936 Federal Art Project in Ventura, California of Junípero Serra, Bronze cast in front of Ventura City Hall in 2009. 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. A bronze cast replaced the concrete statue in 1989. [20] The wooden Serra statue was placed in a corner of the atrium with explanatory plaques. The mold was placed in front of the courthouse, and a scaffolding was built around the mold. 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. [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. Father Junipero Serra (1713-1784) was a Roman Catholic Spanish Franciscan friar who founded nine Spanish Missions in California stretching from San Diego to Carmel. [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. 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. [3]:6 After the concrete hardened, the mold was removed and Kangas smoothed the outer surface. SUPPORT LOCAL JOURNALISM and get all the latest East County news from Star reporter Mike Harris. A place to not constantly be reminded of what happened to us and our families.". Kangas was paid $5,000 for his work. The bronze statue of St. Junipero Serra in front of Ventura's City Hall. 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. [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. 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. [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. Serra oversaw the construction of nine of the California missions. on Saturday, June 20, to demand that the statue of Father Junipero Serra in front of Ventura City Hall be taken down on grounds that he had committed atrocities against Native Americans, including the local Chumash. A wooden version sits inside city hall. [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. This statue of Father Junípero Serra in front of Ventura City Hall and other Serra statues will be removed. The Father Serra statue in Ventura, California, standing 9 feet, 4 inches, was displayed in front of Ventura City Hall between 1936 to 2020. 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. In all, 10,000 man hours were dedicated to creating the wood replica. LaVere said he, Elewaut and Tumamait-Stenslie plan to attend Saturday's rally. More coverage: Intertribal powwow comes to Oxnard. The statue is a designated historic landmark, the statement says. (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. 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). 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 … 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. Father Junipero Serra is the most recent target of protesters calling for the removal, and often the tearing down, of historical statues across our nation. In late June, this movement hit close to home in Ventura. 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 statue of Father Junipero Serra stands in front of the San Gabriel Mission in San Gabriel, California on September 23, 2015. The Junipero Serra statue at Ventura City Hall. 3 in 1974. [15][3]:24 According to a book written on the process, "more than 4,000 charts, drawings, grids, and photographs were made from the measurements. (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. [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 original concrete Father Serra statue was declared Ventura Historic Landmark No. A statue of Father Junipero Serra stands in front of the San Gabriel Mission on September 23, 2015. The original concrete Father Serra statue was declared Ventura Historic Landmark No. 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 Junipero Serra statue, as seen here in front of Ventura City Hall, has been removed and moved to Mission San Buenaventura. It was June 2001, our first trip to California. What else would he do? 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. "Serra is not the historical hero people thought when this landmark statue to him was erected," the petition states. Father Junipero Serra Statue Mission San Buenaventura Ventura Ca - Buy this stock photo and explore similar images at Adobe Stock 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. [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. The wood replica was set in the atrium of the city hall for public display. A nationwide campaign to remove statues of historical figures deemed to be racist is now bubbling up in Ventura. [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. US HEADLINES: Nearly 100 speakers took turns over three hours extolling the virtues or excoriating the legacy of 18th century Roman Catholic Saint 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. (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 … Pictured: The bronze statue of Father Junipero Serra at Ventura City Hall. [47] A statue in Carmel was removed for safekeeping. 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. Ventura sued for removing Serra statue Lawsuit seeks statue's return to site outside City Hall. [39] The council found that the bronze statue did not meet the requirements to be designated a historic landmark since the bronze cast had never been officially deemed as such after it replaced the concrete statue. The nine-foot bronze statue of Father Junipero Serra was erected in 1989, replacing a cement version that had deteriorated since it was first erected in 1936 with funding from the New Deal. 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. 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. 3 in 1974. [4] The statue was removed from its pedestal in September 1989 to make room for installation of the bronze cast. "[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. [7], The disposition of the original clay sculpture is unknown. [48] The Mission San Luis Obispo also removed their statue from public display. 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. In Ventura, LaVere, Tumamait-Stenslie and Father Tom Elewaut, pastor of the mission founded by Serra in 1782 and built by the indigenous people, issued a joint statement on June 18 agreeing to take down the statue and have it “moved to a more appropriate non-public location.” But how do we best do it? 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. Go out and actually pay somebody to do the work? 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. VENTURA (CBSLA) – The Ventura City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to remove a controversial statue of Father Junipero Serra from outside its City Hall. Statue of Father Junipero Serra wearing a mask shortly after the COVID-19 outbreak. The unveiling ceremony was attended by Kangas, Governor Frank Merriam, Mayor George A. Newell, Jr., and other notable persons. [13][3]:53 As of April 2018[update], the concrete statue remained at the OST yard in a decaying wooden crate. "The removal of the statue is going to give us a place to breathe. "Saturday's demonstration is to hear our voices that we want to have the statue of Father Serra removed," Salazar, of Ventura, said. "I can't say that I agree that the statue should come down," he said. 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. Some missions moved swiftly, such as San Luis Obispo and the San Gabriel Mission, to move their statues by the end of June.. [3]:13 In 1986, Burns' proposal was unanimously adopted by the Ventura City Council. Community Leaders Propose Moving Controversial Statue On South Coast . ", Even so, Elewaut said he acknowledged "the hurt and the loss of culture that the indigenous people experienced.". 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. 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. The City had already commissioned through the art committee a series of murals reproducing local Chumash petroglyphs in the atrium. [41], Junípero Serra was a Roman Catholic Spanish priest and friar of the Franciscan Order who founded nine Spanish missions in California. [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. There’s been controversy over whether a statue of Father Junipero Serra should remain in downtown Ventura, in from of Ventura City Hall. In 1782, Serra founded Mission San Buenaventura, his ninth and final mission, on a site that became downtown Ventura. [3]:2 Kangas was paid $5,000 for his work. US HEADLINES: Nearly 100 speakers took turns over three hours extolling the virtues or excoriating the legacy of 18th century Roman Catholic Saint Yes. [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 in 1974. 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. Statue of St. Junipero Serra at the Ventura (California) City Hall (photo: Sh) Paul Kengor Nation June 25, 2020. View of Father Serra Statue and California Street from steps of Ventura City Hall. Jessica M. Roybal, the executive director of the Indian Council, said “What a slap in the face to the Indian people.”[31] Members of the Padre Serra Parish in nearby Camarillo offered to display the wooden statue in a place of honor but were turned down. The Ventura City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to remove a controversial statue of Father Junipero Serra from outside its 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. He enslaved us and degraded us as human beings.". Mike Harris covers the East County cities of Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks, as well as transportation countywide. Reynolds was a segregationist who favored maintaining "white privilege in schools" and espoused anti-Mexican sentiments, the petition says. The city council decided in 2020 to remove the bronze statue and the wood replica from public display. requesting that the City of Ventura remove the statue of Father Junipero Serra from its location near City Hall. 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. A demonstration was held. "Father Serra destroyed many tribes — their culture. He gained sainthood in 2015 when he was canonized by Pope Francis. VENTURA, Calif. "[3]:12 The City in 1984 commissioned studies of the statue by an art conservator, an engineering firm, and a concrete expert. Objections to the public display of Serra statuary cite the mistreatment of the Native American people during the mission era. Removal of a historic landmark requires a review under the California Environmental Quality Act. But, there’s been controversy about the way the settlers treated Native Americans. Was it purposeful? No. And I suspect that it's probably inevitable.". 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 Father Junípero Serra monument has stood as a city landmark in front of the Ventura City Hall since 1936. Newsom apologizes to Native Americans in California, Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. The city installed a bronze statue in 1989 to replace the deteriorating original. VENTURA (CBSLA) – The Ventura City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to remove a controversial statue of Father Junipero Serra from outside its City Hall. "[10], By the 1980s, it had deteriorated from years of exposure to Ventura's salt air and from the pooling of rainwater in the collar of the statue's robe, which formed a basin. View of Father Serra Statue and California Street from steps of Ventura City Hall. 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. "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. Please do not move or destroy the statue of Father Junipero Serra. requesting that the City of Ventura remove the statue of Father Junipero Serra from its location near City Hall. "But I will acquiesce to it if it helps bring some healing to the present-day Chumash community. 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. In late May, protesters tore down statues of Serra in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and Los Angeles’s Olvera Street. 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). "[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. "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. Marieanne Quiroz, a spokeswoman for the district, could not be reached for comment. It was June 2001, our first trip to California. Members of the art committee felt the statue was too large and not harmonious with the design of the atrium. "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." [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. This statue of Father Junípero Serra in front of Ventura City Hall and other Serra statues will be removed. Alan Salazar, with the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, said the statue should have been taken down a long time ago. It is as iconic as the train horn that announces the train’s arrival, in this beautiful city. Photo by Stephen Heap. The bronze statue of St. Junipero Serra in front of Ventura's City Hall. 2 statues removed, one more in works. [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. Meanwhile, a petition on change.org to have the statue taken down had gathered more than 5,200 signatures as of Thursday afternoon. Father Serra is known as one of the founders of California’s historic missions. The bronze statue of St. Junipero Serra in front of Ventura's City Hall. Finnish sculptor John Palo-Kangas originally cast it in cement, which decayed over the years. "[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. Serra is credited with bringing Catholicism to California in the 18th century when it was a Spanish colony. "We are calling for restorative justice and are petitioning for his statue to be removed immediately.". 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. In other states, some statues have been vandalized and forcibly removed by demonstrators. "Father Serra saw himself as a spiritual father for the indigenous people," he said. [12][14], Ownership of the concrete statue passed from Ventura County to the City of Ventura in 1971. 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. (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. Father Serra is credited with bringing Catholicism to California but many blame him for what they say were his efforts to do away with … 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. [34], Serra was canonised as a saint by Pope Francis in September 2015, drawing national attention to Ventura's Father Serra statue. In Ventura he was protected by young people from Ventura. kimberly@vcreporter.com. You can contact him at mike.harris@vcstar.com or 805-437-0323. Elewaut defended Serra against allegations that he was racist and committed genocide. 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 … The Father Serra statue in Ventura, California, depicting Junípero Serra, the founder of Mission San Buenaventura, was commissioned by Ventura County through the Works Progress Administration as part of the Federal Art Project. The public display of Serra statuary has been a source of controversy, particularly among those alleging that Serra was responsible for the suppression of the culture of Chumash people. Plaque displayed at the base of the statue. A statue of Serra in front of the Old Mission Santa Barbara was decapitated and doused with red paint in 2017. [31][25], In May 1980, primer paint was poured over the concrete statue; city workers sandblasted the paint from the statue. But some historians and others blame Serra for what they say were his efforts to do away with Native American culture in California and for the premature deaths of thousands of indigenous people. [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. [33] In May 1992, the bronze cast's hand was painted with red paint, and a message was stenciled on the concrete below accusing Serra of having failed to honor God and claiming that Serra was a symbol of slavery to Native Americans. It belongs where it was placed, by the community of Ventura and the generous fundraising efforts to replace the historic statue. "Were people decimated? "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. [25], In 1988, the City of Ventura accepted a $17,000 bid from a group of student artists at the California Sculpture Center at College of the Desert in Palm Desert to create a bronze cast of the sculpture using the wood replica. 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. 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. 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. However, a newspaper story from April 1938 suggests that the original clay model may have been loaned to a museum in Butte, Montana, for an exhibition on scale models of sculpture. 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