August 21, 2020 – Cities across the country continue to look for creative solutions to what to do with historical statues and memorials in the wake of protests of these controversial symbols. In Albuquerque, the city is turning to the community for ideas about the future of the La Jornada sculpture, which was the site of a demonstration that turned violent back in March when a counter protester shot a man. The statue, which features a sculpture of Spanish conquistador Don Juan de Oñate was taken down after the demonstrations, in hopes of curbing any further violence. But many questions remain about how to mark New Mexico’s diverse and complicated history, while also showing sensitivity to all of our cultures. New Mexico in Focus Correspondent Gwyneth Doland talks with Alicia Manzano of the mayor’s office about the new approach the city is taking, called the Race, History and Healing Project. They also discuss how the community can get involved in providing suggestions and input.
Correspondent: Gwyneth Doland
Alicia Manzano, Mayor’s Liaison for Strategic Partnerships, City of Albuquerque
For Further Reading/Watching:
City of Albuquerque’s Race, History and Healing Project
Cultural Services to convene artists, leaders to discuss controversial sculptures – Albuquerque Journal
The Last Conquistador (PBS Documentary and Discussion) – New Mexico in Focus
Discussion with The Last Conquistador Director John Valdez – New Mexico in Focus