Though lesser known than Brown v. Board, the Mendez lawsuit — brought by Orange County residents Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez on behalf of their daughter, Sylvia — has been highlighted in countless articles, featured in a documentary and commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp. (OCDE also produced this podcast earlier in the year.)
Yet, as Orange County Register reporter Peter Larsen notes in a recent column, there aren’t really any local monuments to mark the case’s place in U.S. history.
Fittingly, the “The Mendez Historic Freedom Trail” will run along Hoover Street near the site once occupied by Hoover Elementary School, where Sylvia Mendez and other children of Mexican descent were assigned. The path will travel between Garden Grove Boulevard and Bolsa Avenue, according to an announcement on Westminster’s Facebook page.
The project will be funded through a $2.3 million grant from the California Natural Resources Agency and is expected to begin in early 2019.