Komagata Maru Way street signs in Surrey officially unveiled

(L-R) Raj Toor of Descendants of the Komagata Maru Society, Mayor Doug McCallum, Councillor Laurie Guerra and Councillor Mandeep Nagra.

ON July 8, Surrey City Council approved the commemorative naming of a Surrey street to remember the victims of the 1914 Komagata Maru incident. The installation of the commemorative street signs that say Komagata Maru Way on 75A Avenue between 120th Street and 121A Street were installed and officially unveiled on Wednesday by Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum.

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“Today, Council put into action what we approved a little over three weeks ago to name a Surrey street to remember the victims of the Komagata Maru incident,” said McCallum. “Komagata Maru Way is proof that the citizens of Surrey will not forget the injustices of the past and that we are a city that welcomes and embraces people from all over the world.”

In addition to the commemorative street name signs, Council also approved the installation of a storyboard at R.A Nicholson Park, explaining the history of the Komagata Maru and a city project to document the history and contributions of the earliest South Asian residents in Surrey.