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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Watching over Santo Domingo

This colossal sculpture of Fray Antonio Montesino, a priest and anti-slavery activist, stands over the harbor at Santo Domingo, looking out to the sea and calling out for justice.  Its scale is enormous, and it makes for a stunning sight.  As I was drawing, a young soldier came by to watch.  He obviously took great pride in the sculpture and tried very hard to share the priest's story with me, but my Spanish was not up to the task of understanding.  Finally, he wrote the name of Fray Antonio on the sketch so that, as he suggested, I could find the story on the internet.  A new friend, and a new story.