Rosales: Mexico’s Benito Juarez largely overlooked in US

In my 20 years as a resident of Washington, D.C., I have visited a lot of dead white generals sitting on horses.

Outdoor monuments dedicated to our war heroes dot the nation’s capital city. You can’t miss them.

They are usually in prime locations near Pennsylvania Avenue around the White House and U.S. Capitol building, or in the heart of the city along the famous pedestrian mall that boasts some of the world’s greatest art and history museums as part of the Smithsonian Institution. Prime real estate. A tourist mecca.

Only pigeons might love outdoor monuments more than I do. And none impresses me more than the statue of Mexico’s most celebrated president, Benito Juarez, sans horse.

He stands near a nest of highways in D.C.’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Off the beaten path, in front of the Watergate Hotel and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Not a bad location, but probably overlooked

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