Berkeley in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
“A People’s History of Telegraph Avenue”
Painted in 1976
Restored and enlarged in 1999
City of Berkeley Landmark
designated in 1990
Images, from left to right, include Mario Savio speaking at the October 1, 1964 sit-in on Sproul Plaza that sparked the Free Speech movement; Vietnam War protesters; Black Panthers; the street scene on Telegraph Avenue in the Sixties; the creation of People’s Park; the corner of Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street on ‘Bloody Thursday,” May 15, 1969, when the streets in the neighborhood exploded in violent confrontation between police and demonstrators protesting the University of California’s seizure
The mural concludes with a vision of liberation. Within inches of a homeless young women sitting on the sidewalk, a tree breaks through the gray cement. Entwined in its branches a triumphal procession, shedding the clothes of the past as it proceeds, dances its way down Telegraph Avenue into the future.
This plaque was a gift of friends of People’s Park to commemorate the Park’s 30th anniversary, April, 1999.
Erected 1999 by Friends of People’s Park/ Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
Location. 37° 51.955′ N, 122° 15.504′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue on Haste Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2500 Haste Street, Berkeley CA 94704, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mrs. E.P. (Stella) King Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Soda Works Building (about 400 feet away); "In Tribute to Chiura Obata" (about 500 feet away); First Church of Christ, Scientist American Baptist Seminary of the West - Hobart Hall (about 700 feet away); J. Gorman & Son Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); McCreary-Greer House (approx. ¼ mile away); Berkeley City Club (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
Also see . . .
1. Telegraph Avenue - Wikipedia. Among some Berkeley residents, especially Cal students, Telegraph refers mainly to a four-block section just south of the university, from Bancroft Way (which borders the campus) to Dwight Way (Submitted on April 21, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. The Battle of Peoples Park - Rolling Stone Magazine. Street people and Berkeley students had built it - or were building it - they had lots of plans. But now the State, propelled by the will of a Governor who has vowed to put an end to demonstrations on California campuses by any means necessary, was going to take back People's Park. (Submitted on April 21, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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