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The Chicago non-profit Architreasures was instrumental in coordinating the project you see before you.
Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos (or Don Pedro) is the most important Puerto Rican nationalist leader of the 20th Century. He became president and spokesperson of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party from 1930 until his death in the 1965.
He was imprisoned for 26 years by the U.S. Federal Government, on multiple occasions, in both the United States and Puerto Rico, on charges that included seditious conspiracy.
He died shortly after his release from federal prison, from medical conditions created by the imprisonment itself.
The original plans for the statue (by Chiqui Moreno) was that it be installed permanently in the Park.
However, in the early 1990’s, controversy played out over moving the statue. The statue was not approved for installation in the Park, so when the Casita was established the statue came here (the original clay statue remains at the “Red Church” on California & LeMoyne).
La Casita is a community-based garden and gallery. It holds cultural events crafted by local teachers and students.
Cover photo credit secretspott via Instagram.