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The People of Illinois and People of Mexico have had a friendship dating back 150 years. The friendship between Benito Juárez and Abraham Lincoln was one reason for that positive relationship.
La Estatua de Benito Juárez - Plaza de las Américas (PDF)
Illinoisans are often reminded of Juárez’s legacy with the Benito Juárez Community Academy, the Juárez sculpture in the Lincoln Presidential Museum and the Juárez Baseball League, one of Illinois’ oldest amateur baseball clubs.
The most popular reminder of Benito Juárez is a bronze statue in the Plaza of the Americas on Chicago’s busy Magnificent Mile. The statue was a gift from Mexican President José López Portillo to the People of Chicago in 1977.
On Tuesday, February 11, Governor Eruviel Avila (State of Mexico) and Governor Pat Quinn (State of Illinois) will lay a wreath of red, white and green flowers - the colors of Mexico’s flag - at the statue of Juárez.