• Walk of Remembrance set for May 16

    This year’s Walk of Remembrance, scheduled for Saturday, May 16 from 1-3 p.m., will begin with introductions at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and include light refreshments. Pacific Grove Mayor Bill Kampe and Museum Executive Director Jeanette Kihs will greet visitors to the Museum at 1 p.m. Gerry Low-Sabado, a 5th generation descendent of Pacific Grove’s Chinese Fishing Village, will speak about her family’s pioneering history and a recently found connection between her family and local icon Ed Ricketts. At 2 p.m., The Monterey Bay Lion Dance Team will lead the walk to Lover’s Point, then along the bike trail, to the site where the village once stood. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for the half-mile trek.

    Gerry Low-Sabado and a lion dancer on the Rec Trail in the 2014 Walk of Remembrance

    Gerry Low-Sabado and a lion dancer on the Rec Trail in the 2014 Walk of Remembrance

    The annual Walk of Remembrance plays an important role in preserving Pacific Grove’s rich cultural past, particularly when it comes to remembering the Chinese fishing village that once inhabited the area where the Stanford Hopkins Marine Station and the recreation trail can be found today.

    With the shared goal of honoring the lives of early Chinese-American settlers, the Walk of Remembrance is made possible by a partnership between The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, The City of Pacific Grove, The Heritage Society of Pacific Grove, The Monterey Bay Lion Dance Team, The National Coalition Building Institute – Monterey Chapter, and The American Civil Liberties Union – Monterey Chapter.

    For more information, be sure to visit the Museum’s Chinese Fishing Village exhibit, which tells the story of the residents of the Point Alones Chinese Fishing Village. The first Chinese to immigrate to America as families, these residents were forced out of their homes in 1906.  Having started one of California’s largest fisheries, the villagers  significantly contributed to California’s natural history and economic development.  Historic photographs from the Museum’s Collection tell their story. For more information, visit the Museum online at http://www.pgmuseum.org/pacific-groves-chinese-fishing-village.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on May 6, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News

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