Saint Paul in Ramsey County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
"Spiral for Justice" Roy Wilkins Memorial
The central element in this sculpture composition is a spiral. Its 46 elements represent the 46 years of Roy Wilkins' dedicated leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in its fight for social and economic justice for all Americans.
The walls symbolize barriers created by racial segregation and other efforts to impede the progress toward achieving equality. The spiral ascends above and through those walls.
The final element in the spiral is an obelisk adorned with an African reliquary, a reference to Africans honoring their ancestors. The reliquary is placed on axis with the Judicial Building, which represents Mr. Wilkins' commitment to justice for all.
Doors along the outer walls reveal a portrait of Roy Wilkins with these quotations from his speeches and writings on civil rights issues:
"No state has the right to abridge the constitutional rights of any citizen or group of citizens upon the basis of race or color." 1966
"We do not yet have a society open to the free and full advancement of every citizen, whether or not his ancestors were slaves."
"We must truly see others as ourselves and all as our nation - our common and glorious heritage built upon man and his freedom. For this is what our country is about." 1966
"We are coming to understand that the peace of the world depends upon a pluralistic, egalitarian society throughout the world. In this process, no group need be deprived of the opportunity or the means of developing and maintaining pride in its cultural heritage." 1967
Topics. This historical marker and memorial is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Government & Politics. A significant historical year for this entry is 1966.
Location. 44° 57.149′ N, 93° 6.233′ W. Marker is in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in Ramsey County. Marker is on John Ireland Boulevard north of 12th Street, on the right when traveling north. Monument is on the south Capitol grounds. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Paul MN 55155, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles A. Lindbergh (within shouting distance of this marker); Hubert H. Humphrey (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Leif Erikson (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Paul Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Church of Saint Louis, King of France (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Minnesota's First Synagogue (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of First School Patrol Crossing in the World (approx. 0.4 miles away); Central Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saint Paul.
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Also see . . .
1. Roy Wilkins on Face the Nation. (Submitted on December 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Roy Wilkins: The Right to Dignity. (Submitted on December 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 573 times since then and 90 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.