Statue Planned to Honor Judge E. J. Salcines
The City of Tampa Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Council is moving forward on the E. J. Salcines Statue project. Friends and admirers of Judge Salcines are encouraged to participate. A West Tampa native, Salcines is a retired State of Florida appellate judge, former state and federal prosecuting attorney, and esteemed community historian and orator.
The Council has raised over $45,000 to date and has commissioned noted sculptor, Steve Dickey, to create the life-sized statue. The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners voted to accept ownership of the statue which will be placed in the northeast corner of the plaza in front of the Old County Courthouse located at 419 Pierce Street. A joint public dedication of the Salcines statue is expected to take place in October, 2017.
Additionally, the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library is partnering with the Council to ensure that a permanent display of donors’ names will adorn the West Tampa Branch Library.
Contributions are welcomed in any amount and can be made In Memory Of as well. Checks should be made out to the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, with the notation: Salcines Statue Fund, and mailed to the Foundation at 550 N. Reo St., Suite 301, Tampa, Fl. 33609. For credit card gifts, visit the Foundation website at cftampabay.org. The Foundation will acknowledge all gifts with a receipt. The deadline for contributing to the Salcines statue project is August 31, 2017. The statue will be unveiled on Friday October 27, 2017 at 2 pm, 419 N. Pierce Street, Tampa Florida 33602. On Saturday October 28 Salcines Day at the West Tampa Library will take place from 11 am to 2 pm. The library is located at 2312 W. Union Street, Tampa Florida 33607. Both events are free and open to the public.
Founded in 1983 by Mayor Bob Martinez, the Council, comprised of volunteers, serves as a liaison between city government and the Hispanic community. It champions and promotes the representation, educational advancement, and recognition of Hispanics throughout the community.
For questions about the Salcines Statue Project, contact Donna Parrino at (813) 961-2567.
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