Jerry Garcia and Ruth Asawa among California Hall of Fame inductees

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Ruth Asawa and Jerry Garcia were some Bay Area legends inducted into the California Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Jerry Garcia was one of the most accomplished musicians of his time. Best known as the lead guitarist and lead singer of the Grateful Dead, he had an eclectic musical career that began in the psychedelic ’60s and his style ranged from folk to rock to bluegrass.

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Jerry Garcia (1942 – 1995) of American rock band The Grateful Dead, London, April 4, 1972. (Photo by Michael Putland / Getty Images) (Getty Images)

Recognized internationally for her distinctive wire sculptures, artist Ruth Asawa has left her mark on the San Francisco Bay Area landscape through public commissions and arts education activism. His Origami Fountain in the Japantown Mall is one of his most recognizable works, but there are several examples of his distinctive style in the plazas around San Francisco.

The Andrea Fountain, featuring mermaids created by famous sculptor Ruth Asawa, remains a centerpiece in Ghiradelli Square in San Francisco, Calif. On Thursday, January 17, 2019 (Photo by Paul Chinn / San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images) (Getty Images)

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Labor activist Larry Itliong, LGBTQ advocates Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, and rock musician Ritchie Valens were a few more honored.

Governor Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom announced the inductees, all posthumous recipients, during a live broadcast hosted by the California Museum in Sacramento.

“When we look at the lives and legacies of the lives of those who helped make California, you can see why California is leading,” Newsom said.

Golden State’s annual icon recognition event was canceled last year due to the pandemic.

The California Hall of Fame was established in 2006 by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. It is kept at the California Museum in Sacramento.


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