We the People Park is as much a public art installation as it is a park. The sculptures and artifacts on display celebrate Gallup’s culture and history, with tributes to the mining industry and the railroad.
There is a historical marker dedicated to Emma Estrada and all the other midwifes that played a critical role in the lives of settlers. Emma delivered more than 700 babies over her 30-year career, becoming the first licensed midwife in New Mexico. There is also a small foot bridge leading to the Croatian Hope Memorial, honoring the Croatians that settled in Gallup in the late 1800s to work in the mines.
The crown jewel of We the People Park is a 110-foot long, 8-foot tall, steel wall of silhouettes. The conglomeration of cut-outs creates a semi-circle depicting people from all walks of life, engaged in a variety of activities. Within the semi-circle, there are 16 empty chairs and a collection of figures at lecterns with single word inscriptions. The sculpture was created by Armando Alvarez to represent "free speech, pluralism, democracy, and our coexistence with the environment." The empty chairs represent Democracy, the scale and fetus represent decision making, and the 113 figures in the wall represent pluralism.