President of the Puerto Rican Athenaeum Dr. José Milton Soltero Ramírez and artist Antonio Martorell will hold a press conference this coming Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 11:00am in the Central Chamber of the Puerto Rican Athenaeum to present the completed statue of Father of the Nation Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances. As Soltero explains, “the statue of the patriot—which represents the struggle of the Puerto Rican people by reaffirming the spirit of nation, homeland, and identity—was created by Dominican sculptor José Cadaveda, and its base—on which one will read [Betances’] Ten Commandments of Free Men—was designed by the artist Antonio Martorell.”
On that date, Martorell will discuss the statue’s design, the text inscribed on the sculpture, and the design of the Ramón Emeterio Betances Medal that the Puerto Rican Athenaeum Betances has coined, among other projects.
The first recipients of the Ramón Emeterio Betances Medal will be the group Calle 13, for “their invaluable contribution to the integration of Puerto Rico to Latin America through their musical compositions, which have recently received international recognition.”
Ramón Emeterio Betances was born in Cabo Rojo in 1827 and died in France in 1898. Betances is best known as a novelist, essayist, poet, orator, and political activist, but he was also a doctor, specializing in surgery and ophthalmology, a public health administrator who championed social hygiene policies, and a diplomat. He was an abolitionist and a nationalist leader who sought independence and the end of colonial rule for Puerto Rico and the primary force (with Segundo Ruiz Belvis) behind the Grito de Lares insurrection. Therefore, he is considered as one of the fathers of the independence movement in Puerto Rico. He served as ambassador in the Dominican Republic and Cuba and believed in the creation of a confederation of the Greater Antilles [Confederación Antillana]. [See previous posts New Sculpture in Tribute to Ramón Emeterio Betances and Lecture on The Complete Works of Ramón Emeterio Betances.]
For more information you may call the Athenaeum (787) 721-3877.
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