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Benito Juarez - San Diego, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member LeoGeo
N 32° 42.759 W 117° 10.059
11S E 484288 N 3619444
Quick Description: Benito Juárez (1806-1872), Mexican patriot, reformer, and President, is depicted in this statue donated to San Diego by the Mexican government.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 3/17/2011 1:04:54 PM
Waymark Code: WMAZT6
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 7

Long Description:
This bronze statue of Benito Juárez atop a granite base stands on the south side of Pantoja Park on G Street in San Diego, facing south. It is signed on the east side of the base of the metal portion "Escultor Ernesto F. Tamariz" (escultor = sculptor). Juárez is standing, and holding in his hands a book, open towards the viewer, on whose pages are the inscriptions

CONSTITUCION
1857

and

LEYES DE
REFORMA

(reform laws).

On the east and west sides of the stone base are metal plaques inscribed in Spanish and English, respectively; text is visible in the accompanying photos.

Juárez, of Zapotec ancestry, was the first person of indigenous ethnicity to lead an American nation after its independence from European colonial rule. He served as President for most of the period from 1858 to his death in 1872, opposing the French-imposed rule of Emperor Maximilian 1864 to 1867, and instituting liberal political and economic reforms.

Ironically, the parents of the future Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, whose politics were virtually the opposite of the Mexican leader's, named their son after Benito Juárez.

When Mexico gave this statue to San Diego, the U.S. government donated a statue of Lincoln, whose presidency was contemporary with Juárez's, to the city of Tijuana.

This statue is just a block or two from the Seaport Village trolley station, and very close to major hotels and the convention center.
TITLE: Benito Juarez

ARTIST(S): Ernesto F. Tamariz

DATE: 1981

MEDIUM: Bronze and granite

CONTROL NUMBER: IAS CA000191

Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
Pantoja Park, on the north side of the 500 block of West G Street between India and Columbia Streets. Near the Seaport Village trolley station.


DIFFERENCES NOTED BETWEEN THE INVENTORY LISTING AND YOUR OBSERVATIONS AND RESEARCH:
None noted.


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