COCKRELL HILL, Texas - Since earlier this year, a public monument to fallen immigrants has been standing at the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Cockrell Hill Road in this totally-enclosed "suburb" of Dallas. "El Memoria al Migrante Caído" is clearly Aztec in design. The Aztecs ruled Mexico City before ibeing tricked into submission by Conquistador Hernan Cortez.
The statue is intended as a remembrance to all those who perished attempting to cross the Mexico-U.S. border.
According to "Al Dia" newspaper, the statue weighs 6,000 pounds and stands 11 feet tall. It was created from volcanic rock by sculptor Felix de Muro Arenas and donated by the Governor of Zacatecas, Mexico. The newspaper also reports that some people in the area don't like to be reminded of the tremendous number and significance of immigrants from the south who live and work within the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
Many others are greatly appreciative of the artwork, its message of dignity and hope, and the courage of the leaders of the little township of Cockrell Hill.
Photo: Jim Lane/PW