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…
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