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   LA JORNADA THE EPIC 
 JOURNEY OF THE FIRST 
  EUROPEAN COLONISTS 
    TO THE SOUTHWEST

 

La Jornada Monument- Albuquerque Museum

For the members of NMHCPL, La Jornada represents our deep desire to acknowledge our Spanish Colonial roots and surely must have been in our souls when Millie Santillanes ignited the flame. We were invited to her home in 1998 when NMHCPL was born. Over 8 years a monument to honor our antepasados was conceived, funded, and achieved. It was a journey of many twists and turns but the result is worth the effort.  Many of us have experienced the manifestations of the Black Legend and members of NMHCPL are determined to correct the misinformation and educate the public on our culture. The sculptures depict, in life-size pieces, Don Juan de Oñate leading a caravan of settlers into New Mexico. The art work was so large that two artists, Sonny Rivera and Betty Sabo, were necessary to complete the project in the amount of time allowed. Sonny (Reynaldo) Rivera points out that several people made personal sacrifices to move the monument forward. He wants to recognize Adele Hundley for the courage and determination to push the monument through the City legislation. Sonny grew up along the Camino Real near Las Cruces and was thrilled to be able to put his talents toward a part of his heritage. Betty Sabo made it her own personal battle to ensure that the Hispanic heritage was recognized. Our ancestors signed on with Oñate for a jornada to a better life. NMHCPL is asking that you join us in recognizing what they have accomplished. 
 

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