RIVER CROSSING Public Art Project Naming of the Docks Announced
RIVER CROSSING: I WANT TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOU invited nominations for someone to be commemorated by having the public dock in Sacramento or West Sacramento named in their honor. Hundreds of nominations were submitted from across the two cities; 652 qualifying nominations in total. They tell many amazing and moving stories of the people who live and work here.
At the heart of both of these nominations is Sacramento River, which marks the boundary between Sacramento and West Sacramento, and also binds the two cities together. The Sacramento River has played a vital role in the lives of the people of both cities, as a navigable route, water source, and place to gather. The judges hope that in naming the docks after these two inspirational women, people will find renewed meaning at the point the two cities meet: the river.
Images of Etenesh Zeleke on the left and Isable S. Nanajo on the right
- Etenesh Zeleke, whose first name translates to “you are my sister,” was an immigrant from Ethopia. She was nominated by her granddaughter who described her as being a “stream of hope” with many references to creating a community in West Sacramento near the river. Judges were inspired by her unique story of modern immigration, her love for her family and her connection to the river.
- Isabel S. Naranjo was nominated by her granddaughter and was driven to deliver supplies, food and clothing to migrant farmworkers and their families. A farmworker herself, she helped establish childcare centers and secure funding for meals, recreation and education. Judges selected Naranjo due to her strong commitment to her family and her community.
The names were chosen by a panel of judges which included news reporter Leticia Ordaz, restauranteur Jess Milbourn, art commissioner Maya Wallace, music teacher Felicia Weatherly and poet/activist Yeshahyah Yisrael. Along with the selected two names for the docks, a total of 33 nominees, their photos, and the submitted stories are available on the project website: www.rivercrossing.name.