Civil rights memorial to be built in Rockland

January 24, 2014 by  

C. Scott Vanderhoef, Rockland County Executive, recently announced that to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rockland Commission on Human Rights a civil rights monument will be built in New City, which is just outside of Nanuet.

Most likely poster printing is being used by the county to make those who live in the area aware of this special memorial. It marks the 50 years that the county has been protecting the rights of the people who live in it, says County Human Rights Commissioner Ram Nagubandi.

There will be a quote used by Martin Luther King, Jr. on a granite retaining wall of the monument, with a waterfall and a base shaped liked the county of Rockland. Around the monument will be several boards that describe civil rights events on both local and national levels and an area for contemplation.

The location of the monument adjacent to the county courthouse in New City at the entrance to Dutch Garden is an appropriate location for it, says Nagubandi, as the courthouse was where the decision to integrate the Hillburn schools was made.

It is expected that the memorial will be completed in March or April of this year. There will be no additional cost to erect the monument as it is being considered as part of the cost to renovate the Garden. Architect Jan Degenshein of Nyack has donated his time to design the monument, whose planning began last April. Degenshein commented that designing this memorial has provided him with an opportunity to remind people of what needs to be done to prevent discrimination.