Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Ricardo Flores Magon | View From Casita Colibrí

Ricardo Flores Magon | View From Casita Colibrí

Last night I walked down to Oaxaca's Government Palace at the south end of the zocalo. Oaxaca FilmFest3 films. Oaxaca FilmFest3 films. Oaxaca FilmFest3 films. I was early, the building was mostly empty, and I took the opportunity to really study the mural that graces the walls of the main staircase. Painted in 1980 by Arturo García Bustos, the mural depicts the history of Oaxaca.

Coming up the stairs, to the left, the customs and lifestyle of the Mixtecs, Zapotecs, and Aztecs of pre-Hispanic times unfold .

However, it is the center section of the mural that grabs the attention. Best viewed when one of the Mexican Revolution.

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Featured in the upper right corner of This panel, wearing his signature red bandanna, is War of Independence hero, Jose Maria Morelos and Pavón. He has also been seen in the lower right with a printing press, in his role as publisher of Oaxaca's first newspaper, El Correo del Sur . On the upper left is anarchist and Mexican revolutionary hero, Ricardo Flores Magón. He is also pictured holding a banner reading, Land and Liberty. Flores Magón is the namesake of the street that borders the west side of the Government Palace.

However, front and center is Oaxaca's favorite son, Zapotec, former governor of Oaxaca, and Mexico's much beloved five-term president. , Benito Juarez. He and his Oaxacan wife, Margarita Maza, hover prominently above his Reform Movement cabinet. The full text of the ribbon is a quote by Juárez, "Respect for the rights of others is peace". It appears on the State of Oaxaca's coat of arms.

Following his death in 1872, the city and municipality of Oaxaca honored Benito Juárez by changing its name to Oaxaca de Juárez.

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