Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Plaza of the Americas and Benito Juarez sculpture
Plaza of the Americas ..
Location: Magnificient Mile, just north of Chicago River .. between Wrigley Building and Realtor Building ..
This park was dedicated in 1963 by the then Mexican consulate general in honor of member countries with the Organization of American States [OAS] .. There are flags for each OAS member country in the plaza. The park's other feature is a bronze statue of Mexico’s first president Benito Juarez. Chicago, like back when the plaza was dedicated, boasts a large Chicano population, including those who share Juarez’s Native American heritage.
Benito Juarez sculpture ..
Sculptor: Julian Martinez
Location: Plaza of the Americas on Michigan Avenue, between Realtor Building and Wrigley Building ..
Benito Juarez [1806-1872] was known as the builder of modern Mexico. He was a Zapotec Amerindian who served five terms as president of Mexico. He helped defend Mexico against the French occupation beginning in 1862, eventually overthrowing the Empire headed by Maximilian of Habsburg and restoring the Republic.