Video by Olivia Santini and edited by Ignacio Torres
Jenni Rivera’s family wanted to give her a Mother’s Day gift — the first without their matriarch and star — and decided to open an exhibit at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, which includes concert outfits, mementos and even her trusty bible.
Pete Salgado, the late-singer’s business manager and friend, says it was her kids who wanted this to happen.
“Her children decided that they’d like to give this to her mom– their mother — on Mother’s Day,” he says. “This is their gift to their mom.”
The Grammy Museum’s exhibition is the first major public testimonial to Rivera since her memorial service last year at Universal CityWalk and the very first exhibition that the museum has devoted entirely to a Latino or Latin American artist.
Salgado says many of her personal effects have true importance.
“Everything has a meaning here– you have things that are so small from a Costco card to the obvious — which are sold out — gold and platinum plaques,” he says.
“You have fan mail that she addressed– to her bible. That bible — if you look at it was really used,” he adds.
The bible, like many of the items on display, tells a story through its existence. According to the LA Times, the Spanish-language bible was a Christmas gift from her parents, who inscribed it with these words: “Make sure you carry this Bible with you everywhere you go. The Lord will bless you.”
Sadly, the bible is able to be included in the exhibit because she didn’t have it with her on the fateful day of her crash.
The exhibit runs for a year and will end in May 2014.
Salgado says its been a difficult stretch for the family, with 5 months since the accident passing and being surrounded by all of her personal items, but they know they have to soldier on because she would want them to.
“She taught us all well — as much as we’d like to stop, we gotta keep marching,” he says.
“And we’re all dedicated to making sure her legacy continues.”