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." 1967
"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
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. Touch for map. Monument is on the south Capitol grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Paul MN 55155, United States of America.
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 First School Patrol Crossing in the World (approx. 0.4 miles away); Central Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cathedral of Saint Paul Cornerstone (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 Biography. (Submitted on December 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. NAACP History: Roy Wilkins. (Submitted on December 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Roy Wilkins on Face the Nation. (Submitted on December 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Roy Wilkins: The Right to Dignity. (Submitted on December 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Politics •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 286 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.