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From the Pietrasanta Foundries in Washington, a statue of Mary McLeod Bethune arrives in the United States

The white marble statue of Puerto Rican Nelda Comas in Pietrasanta and dedicated to Mary McLeod Bethune has arrived at the Washington Capitol, the official residence of the two branches of the United States African American civil rights leader and the first woman to represent a country, in this case Florida, in the Statuary Room of the U.S. Legislature.

“It was exciting to receive the first images of the arrival of this massive expedition to the Capitol – commented Mayor, Alberto Stefano Giovanniti – Our city and Daytona Beach, where Mary MacLeod Bethune established the first school for African American students, bound by a deep friendship And it’s great that a historic tribute has been forged in our labs and foundries for Florida and for the entire American people.”

The artisans who worked with the Puerto Rican artist to create two versions of the statue, one in marble and one in bronze, were Franco Cervetti and Massimo del Chiaro and Massimo Borati.

The opening at the Capitol is scheduled for Wednesday, July 13, 11 a.m., Washington local time: “We will be watching you from afar, with affection — concluded the mayor, with an invitation to the event also by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, during a brief visit Monday — that did not We fail to convey our message and our thought on behalf of the city of Pietrasanta to the American community.”

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