Journalist and talk show host Rolonda Watts will emcee the long awaited dedication ceremony of the restored “The History of Transportation” mural on Saturday, August 11, 2007. Located in the new Grevillea Art Park at the corner of Manchester Boulevard and Grevillea Avenue in Inglewood, the event, which is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m., will mark the completion of a five-year restoration and relocation of this historic landmark.
Rolonda Watts, known for her recurring role on “Sister Sister” and “The Bold and The Beautiful,” signed on last week to emcee this important community event. Watts, who worked as a news anchor for the “Today Show,” “Inside Edition,” and host of the Lifetime Television talk show “Attitudes,” is an avid supporter of the arts.
“The History of Transportation” mural represents, not only the progress of Inglewood’s redevelopment effort, but its theme embodies one of the City’s major strengths. Inglewood is a gateway to major commercial centers in the United States and the function of this gateway is heavily dependent on the evolution and efficiency of transportation. Inglewood’s close proximity to Los Angeles International Airport and four major freeways facilitate both domestic and international trade.
“We are thrilled to have Ms. Watts join our celebration of this mural,” says Sabrina Barnes, Inglewood acting director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services. “She will add a touch of class to our commemoration of the restoration and relocation of this historic artwork. The mural and the dedication bring history and culture to the City’s civic center.”
The 60-panel mosaic mural was in an advanced state of deterioration when work began five years ago. Now all 60 panels have been restored, including two panels that needed to be totally reconstructed because of auto collisions.
The 2:00 pm dedication and unveiling ceremony, which is open to the public, will follow a sacred ground blessing of the mural site by Native Americans. The blessing will be followed by comments from elected officials and special guests. Entertainment including a dance performance by members of Grupo Folklorico Macias, as well as music by Delian Music and other local musicians will follow the unveiling. Volunteers from the Historical Society of Centinela Valley will demonstrate pioneer crafts, costumed youth actors will portray individuals from the 1930’s and there will be an exhibit of classic cars.
The August 11th dedication is being planned by the Historic Site Preservation Committee and the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. Many individuals and public/private agencies worked together to raise more than one million dollars to complete this project and make the restoration and relocation of this historic mural possible.
Plan to join the City of Inglewood in celebrating the restoration of one of the city’s most cherished historical landmarks. For information, call 310.412.8750.