RFK Homage Rising from Hotel





On the grounds of the old Ambassador Hotel where Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, officials on Saturday dedicated a site of national tragedy that had turned into one of potential local triumph.

Two of Kennedy's grandchildren were among those who witnessed ribbon-cutting ceremonies for a new elementary education facility featuring two pilot schools.

"This is sacred ground," labor leader and Kennedy friend Dolores Huerta told about 500 people who attended the dedication.

The ceremony marked the culmination of a long political battle to raze the famed hotel and convert the 24-acre grounds into an urban school site.

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