Governor, First Partner and California Museum Announce 14th California Hall of Fame Class


Ruth Asawa, Jerry Garcia, Larry Itliong, Phyllis Lyon, Del Martin & Ritchie Valens posthumously inducted at a webcast & celebrated in a new website with online exhibitions

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom today inducted the 14th Class of the California Hall of Fame, the first class of laureates to be posthumously recognized, in a webcast broadcast by the California Museum today . The new inductees, who join 134 inspiring Californians previously inducted for embodying the state’s innovative spirit, are celebrated on a new California Hall of Fame website featuring online exhibits and tribute videos exploring life and the legacy of the last inductees.

The 14th California Hall of Fame Class includes:

• Artist Ruth Asawa (1926-2013)

• Singer-songwriter and guitarist Jerry Garcia (1942-1995)

• Labor activist Larry Itliong (1913-1977)

• Homosexual rights activists Phyllis Lyon (1924-2020) and Del Martin (1921-2008)

• Crossover rock music icon Ritchie Valens (1941-1959)

“Jennifer and I are delighted to induct this amazing group of Californians into the Hall of Fame,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “There is no doubt that their lives and heritage have helped make California synonymous with innovation, imagination and advancement around the world.”

“These fixtures represent the best of California,” said first partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom. “Each has left their own indelible mark in history and reminds us of the creativity, ingenuity and courage that reside in all of us.”

The California Hall of Fame was launched in 2006 to honor California pioneers who embody the state’s innovative spirit and made history. Inductees are selected annually by the Governor and First Partner for their accomplishments in the arts, business and labor, entertainment, food and wine, literature, music, public service , science and sports. Traditionally, California Hall of Fame inductees are celebrated at an annual ceremony held at the museum.

“We are delighted to welcome this new class of inductees along with Governor Newsom and the first partner,” said California Museum Board Chair Richard S. Costigan III. “We look forward to virtually inspiring visitors with their remarkable stories through the online exhibits published on the new California Hall of Fame website. “

For more details on the California Hall of Fame or to download multimedia resources, visit To view the virtual induction webcast, go to To view the California Hall of Fame microsite and exhibits online, visit



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