Monument at Bicknell Park in Montebello, California

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Subject:The victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. (view image)
Type of Memorial:Commemorative Plaque, Inscription, Monumental Sculpture
Sponsor(s):Local Armenian community members and institutions.
Architect/Designer/Artist:Architect: A. Aghababian
Placement:Freestanding structure in a park.
Physical Setting:In a large park on a hill.
Tourist Amenities:Yes
Map Designation:Bicknell Park
Physical Condition:Well preserved.
Inscription:"ARMENIAN MARTYRS MEMORIAL MONUMENT: THIS MONUMENT ERECTED BY AMERICANS OF ARMENIAN DECENT, IS DEDICATED TO THE 1,500,000 ARMENIAN VICTIMS OF THE GENOCIDE PERPETRATED BY THE TURKISH GOVERNMENT 1915-1921, AND TO MEN OF ALL NATIONS WHO HAVE FALLEN VICTIM TO CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY." (Script is also is Armenian).
Location:Armenian Martyr's Monument
Montebello, California 90640 United States
Construction Began:Early 1960s
Construction Completed:1965
Dedication Date:April 24, 1965
Renovation Date:1980s
Prior Use of Site:Bicknell Public Park.
Development/Construction Process:The tower is constructed from white concrete. In the center of it is a plaque. The genocide monument committee initially appointed Tatul Sonentz-Papazian as the artist. He submitted a proposal, which was not approved by the city of Montebello due to security concerns regarding his design. Because Sonetz-Papazian did not modify his design, the committee chose a different artist.
History of Ownership:The entire property belongs to the City of Montebello.
Commemorative Activities:An annual religious and cultural commemoration by the southern Californian Armenian community.
Notable Visitors:Asparez & Asparez Online. Glendale, CA (April 1985-2000)
Kidd, Kristen. "Perpetual Reminders," Armenian International Magazine
(April 1999), pp. 48-50.

Editorial Broad of Armenian Encyclopedia. The Armenian Question. Yerevan: 1996.

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