The XII Travelers of the Southwest cordially invite you to the unveiling of the maquette (model) of the Benito Juarez – Child to Man bronze sculpture, to be held at the Chamizal National Memorial, Thursday, August 22 at 11:00 am. There will be entertainment, refreshments, and free parking. Inaddition tothepreview of Ethan Houser’s inspired work of art. There will also be the special initial viewing of the Abraham Lincoln/Benito Juarez Bronze Medallion, a beautiful piece of art, showing both presidents’ faces in bas relief.
The bronze sculpture of Benito Juarez will be the fourth monumental statue to be completed by the XII Travelers of the Southwest. The others are: Fray Garcia de San Francisco, (Pioneer Plaza,) The Equestrian (Airport,) and Susan Shelby Magoffin (Keystone Heritage Park.) The dual figure sculpture will feature a seated Benito Juarez as President of Mexico and as a twelve (12) year old Zapotec Indian. Both figures hold books, signifying the essential role that education played in Juarez’s rise from poverty to greatness. There will also be the unveiling of an accompanying medallion of the faces of both Abraham Lincoln and Benito Juarez. The two never met, but their respect and support for each other before, as well as during the respective civil wars that beset their countries at the time, are an inspiration to us all. It signifies, in a powerful way, the importance of mutual understanding and sensitivity to each other’s cultures, relationships and histories.
This unique project is especially significant, because such a commemoration was intended at the time of the Chamizal Treaty in 1963. In 1964, Ciudad Juarez erected a statue of Abraham Lincoln on the Mexican side of the Chamizal. Now, El Paso, for the first time is honoring her side of the bargain with this magnificent bronze of Benito Juarez-Child to Man.