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    Benemerito For Benito Juarez, Father of the Americas


    Illinois Governor Quinn, Carlos Jiménez Macías, and others Latin American diplomats speak for the Benemerito of Benito Juárez, Father of the Americas on his birthday anniversary at the Illinois Center, James R. Thompson building. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum presented the Benemerito of Benito Juarez display of historical memorabilia to commemorate the birthday anniversary memorial for the Father of the Americas at the Illinois Center.


    The Mexican Government has donated a Sculpture of Benito Juárez to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.  The ceremony celebrates the 200th Anniversary of the Former Mexican President’s birth.


    “The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is honored to accept this generous gift from the Mexican government,” stated Thomas Schwartz, interim Executive Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.  “Abraham Lincoln and Benito Juárez represent the right to rise and the importance of law in democratic societies.  Both men were war presidents with Lincoln preserving the Union and Juárez defeating foreign oppressors.  Ultimately, both leaders laid the foundation for modern democratic societies.”


    Benito Pablo Juárez was born on March 21, 1806.  Juárez was a Zapotec Indian who served two terms (1861-1863 and 1867-1872) as President of Mexico.  For his resistance to the French occupation and his efforts to modernize the country, Juárez is regarded as Mexico’s greatest and most beloved leader—often compared to Abraham Lincoln.


    The sculpture of Benito Juárez was created by artist Tiburcio Ortiz in 2005.  This statue will be on a permanent display in the Abraham Presidential Library and Museum.


    In a special ceremony hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Honorable Consul General of Mexico and the Mexican Federal Senator Emilia Patricia Gómez presented a cast metal portrait sculpture of the late Mexican President Benito Juárez to the Library.  The donation of this sculpture of Benito Juárez comes on the 200th anniversary of the President’s birth.

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