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05/16/22 Monterey County Weekly: "11th annual Walk of Remembrance features an apology for the burning of a Chinese village in 1906"

May 16, 2022 6:11 PM | Elyse Wong (Administrator)

The following is an excerpt from the 05/16/22 Monterey County Weekly:

By Daniel Dreifuss, Celia Jiménez

A historic moment in Pacific Grove’s history was written on Saturday, May 14 and it was witnessed by over 300 people who gathered to participate in it. The city apologized for the burning of a Chinese village at Point Alones 116 years ago. The village was located next to where Hopkins Marine Station is located today, and it burned amid suspicious circumstances. That property is the destination of the roughly one-mile Walk of Remembrance, which goes from the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History to the site of the former village; this was the 11th annual Walk of Remembrance but stood apart from previous years.

The turnout was the largest crowd ever since Gerry Low-Sabado started this annual walk over a decade ago. Low-Sabado was a Chinese American and fifth-generation descendant of Chinese who lost their homes in 1906. Low-Sabado, who for years waged a campaign to bring awareness to the true history of Pacific Grove's Chinese community, died in September of 2021, after battling cancer.

Participants on Saturday carried black and white photos of some of the villagers and signs with messages of inclusion, equity and unity.

For more information and a photo slideshow:  View the full 05/16/22 Monterey County Weekly article.

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