Sculpture honors civil rights activists

Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2008

ANCHORAGE - A new sculpture in downtown Anchorage honors civil rights activists Elizabeth and Roy Peratrovich.

It was unveiled Monday in Peratrovich Park.

The sculpture is named Flight of the Raven. City officials say it was designed by Roy Peratrovich Jr. to honor his parents and the progress they made for Alaska Natives.

City officials said at Monday's dedication the Peratrovichs were the driving force behind the passage of the Alaska's Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945. They started by petitioning for a ban on the "No Natives Allowed" signs common at public buildings.

The act was signed in 1945 by Gov. Ernest Gruening.

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