This Buenos Aires statue honors Argentina's first lady, Eva
Peron (Evita), wife of President Juan Peron, who developed a
cult following during the late 1940s and early 1950s for her
work on behalf of the poor, labor unions, and women's rights.
Evita delivered her passionate speeches to adoring crowds
from the balcony of the Casa Rosada (Pink House), the
Presidential Palace that faces the Plaza de Maya (the central
square of Buenos Aires, Argentina's capitol).
Eva Peron died in 1952, at the age of 33, still tremendously
popular, but hated by the upper class. Her body, and its final
resting place, became a bitter issue in Argentina politics,
involving corpses used as hostages. In 1974, Evita returned to
Buenos Aires; and here is her vault in the ostentatious
Recoleta Cemetery, normally reserved for super rich families
of the aristocracy. She can be located by the huge floral
display continuously maintained by Evita supporters.
One of many memorial plaques honoring Evita
that have been placed around her grave. This
one, by "her disciples" represents thirty years of
loyalty to Eva Peron following her death.
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