A miniature replica bronze statue of the actual 6 foot César E. Chávez lifesize statue was showcased at the 1st Annual CicloviaMKE on Saturday.
By H. Nelson Goodson
August 30, 2015
Milwaukee, WI – On Saturday, hundreds of people attended the 1st Annual CicloviaMKE event along S. César E. Chávez Drive, despite damp and wet drizzle conditions. Vendors and businesses along the S. Chávez BID #38 Business District participated and a miniature replica bronze statue of the actual César E. Chávez 6 foot bronze statue to be unveiled in October was showcased at the BID #38 and Clarke Square booth during the outdoor event.
Julio Maldonado, the executive director for the Chávez Drive BID #38 confirmed to Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) on Saturday, that the César E. Chávez life size bronze statue measuring 6 feet in height will be unveiled in October at the El Rey Super Mercado in the 900 block of S. César E. Chávez Drive. Ian B. Bautista, the executive director of Clarke Square said, the lifesize statue of Chávez at El Rey will not have a mount, but will be flush with the ground to depict César E. Chávez as actually walking on level ground.
A fundraiser in March raised $5,150 and 125 people attended the event. BID #38 has raised nearly $40K for the cost of the $40K statue, according to Maldonado. The City of Milwaukee, Zilber Family Foundation and El Rey Foods have pledged $10K each, according to an itinerary flyer provided at the March fundraising event that took place at the Mangos Tropical Bar and Grill on Chávez Drive.
People who contribute $500 or more to the statue in donations will receive a Chávez replica miniature bronze statue while supplies last, the Chávez BID #38 reported.
Milwaukee will become the 8th location in the U.S. to unveil a Chávez lifesize bronze statue in the country.
Other Chávez lifesize bronze statue locations are:
● University of Texas – Austin
● Phoenix, Arizona
● San Fernando, California
● Sacramento, California
● California State University – Fresno
● Riverside, California
● California State University – San Marcos