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Twelve Travelers Memorial of the Southwest Unveiling New Benito Juarez Sculpture

EL PASO, Texas -- The 12 Travelers Memorial of the Southwest is a project that celebrates the Paso del Norte's rich history.

To do this, there are plans to create 12 sculptures of historical figures that had an impact on shaping this region. They will be placed throughout the area. This project commemorates the history of the southwest in twelve monuments representing twelve different historical periods.

3 sculptures have been created so far, and the fourth one will be installed this week.

That is the Benito Juarez sculpture. He is the namesake of Ciudad Juarez and is considered by some to be one of the best President's in Mexico's history. 

The sculptor John Houser started this project in 1988 and worked on all three sculptures before he unexpectedly passed away in 2018. His son, Ethan Houser had been an associate sculptor on those monuments and now he is leading the project.

The Benito Juarez sculpture will be unveiled this Sunday September 25th at 1 p.m. The statue will be installed at the Chamizal National Memorial, and it will be open to the public.

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