50 Años de transformacion en la vida puertorriqueña
EPITAPH OF THE BARRIO
by Diogenes Ballester
IMAGES FROM THE EXHIBITION
contains the photographs of Jack Delano which are used with the permission
of his son Pablo. The photographs appearing here, in La Galeria of PRdream.com,
are a sample of the more extensive exhibition in the Oller-Campeche Gallery
of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration that was curated by
EXCERPTS FROM THE SPEECH OF FELIX LOPÉZ,
Regional Director, Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration:
"We have always been hospitable and generous and kind. We have always
had a keen sense of humor -- about ourselves, about the impositions of
fate, about others foibles. Until recently we were also poor...
Indeed, Puerto Ricans of a certain age remember that it was common for
children to have lombrices and adults tuberculosis. They remember that
it was common for parents to lose young children. Speaking of her children,
a mother might say, There were four of them, but one died when he was
two... One always died.
Puerto Ricans of a certain age remember grass shacks, with kitchens in
the yard. They remember eating bacalao and tasajo, not because they tasted
good (they did, and still do) but because there was no refrigeration.
They remember the lack of running water. It seemed that everyone knew
hardship firsthand -- true hardship -- the sort that breaks the heart
and stunts the mind.
Things began to change only in 1948, when Puerto Ricans elected their
first governor, Luis Muñoz Marín. With the support of the
United States, as well as the support of the overwhelming majority of
the Puerto Rican people, Muñoz set Puerto Rico on a course that
would alter our fortunes forever. Presently, the people of Puerto Rico
would adopt a Constitution and establish the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
(known in Spanish as El Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico).
Today, Puero Rico has one of the strongest economies in Latin America
and the Caribbean... This exhibition documents some of the political and
economic changes that have taken place in Puerto Rico over the past fifty
years -- changes so dramatic and thoroughgoing that many of us now take
them for granted, forgetting that our expectations were once less full
8 - February 12, 2003
Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration
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New York City
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