Mexico | Mexico City will replace the Columbus monument with the pre-Hispanic statue ‘La Joven de Amajac’

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MADRID, 13 Oct. (EUROPA PRESS) –

The authorities of the capital of Mexico, Mexico City, have announced that the monument to Christopher Columbus on Paseo de la Reforma, removed in 2020 for maintenance, will finally be replaced by a replica of a pre-Hispanic statue, ‘La joven de Amajac ‘.

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The head of government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, has detailed that the statue will measure around six meters in height and will be placed at the request of more than 5,000 indigenous women from different cultures and peoples of the North American country.

“‘La Joven de Amajac’ will remain in this roundabout and we thank the community of Hidalgo Amajac, in Veracruz, for this possibility,” he said. “We also want to say that it represents women, but in particular indigenous women, their struggle and what they represent in the history of Mexico,” he added.

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Thus, Sheinbaum has stressed that the objective is “to vindicate the greatness of Mexico through its original cultures,” as reported by the Mexican newspaper ‘Proceso’. “That is fundamental and it is justice,” he stressed.

“It is a monument, it is a cultural beauty, but it also represents a historical and social justice in our country: recognizing the indigenous women who gave us a homeland,” he argued, within the framework of the events for the Day of the Pluricultural Nation.

The original sculpture of ‘La joven de Amajac’ was discovered on January 1, 2021 in the town of Álamo Temapache, in Veracruz, and is currently on display at the National Museum of Anthropology.

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