- Born in Norwalk, Calif.; lived in San Francisco from 1949 until her death in 2013.
Internationally recognized for her distinctive wire sculptures, pioneering artist Ruth Asawa left her mark on the landscape of the San Francisco Bay Area through her public commissions and on countless students through her activism on behalf of arts education.
• Born and raised in San Francisco.
Business & Labor
- Lived and worked in Stockton, Calif., and Delano, Calif.
Larry Itliong was one of the most important civil rights leaders of the 20th century and a father of the West Coast labor movement.
(1924-2020 & 1921-2008)
- Lived in San Francisco from 1953 until their deaths.
Phyllis Lyon and Dorothy “Del” Martin spent decades advancing civil rights and equality as leaders and pioneers of the LGBTQ+ and women’s rights movements
- Born and raised in the Los Angeles area.
Richard Steven Valenzuela, better known as Ritchie Valens, was the first U.S. Latino rock star and the forefather of the Chicano rock movement. His heartfelt lyrics paired with high-energy vocals created a musical style that continues to attract generations of fans around the world.