On October 5th Marilyn Miller, a professor in The Department of Portuguese and Spanish at Tulane University, explained the historical context behind three statues on the neutral ground of Basin Street. The statues depict Benito Juarez, Simon Bolivar, and Francisco Morazán. Mayor Chep Morrison commissioned these sculptures (installed between 1957 and 1966) to beautify the city and celebrate collaboration between Latin America and New Orleans. The Juarez monument was a gift from the Mexican government.
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“I think a lot of people don’t know about this because that mid-20th century history of collaboration with Latin America is forgotten,” Miller told WGNO’s Susan Roesgen.