- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 1, 2001

I appreciated your March 27 Inside the Beltway column for drawing attention to the Web site of the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara (www.usembassy-mexico.gov/guadalajara.htm).

The good news is that many of your readers will be drawn to view our page and, we hope, consult our resource of ample information about consulate activities and about the Guadalajara consular district.

The bad news is the image that appears when you drag your cursor over the Statue of Liberty was taken way out of context. Far from depicting "Dante´s Inferno," as you speculate, the picture we used is a detail from a mural titled "Liberty" by Jose Clemente Orozco (1883-1949), one of Mexico's most famous muralists. The mural, located in the Governor's Office here in Guadalajara, actually depicts Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (1753-1811), who is considered the father of the Mexican independence movement. As such, he is a leading symbol of liberty in Mexico and the mural is a particular cultural icon for the city of Guadalajara. You can find additional information (in Spanish) about the artist, Jose Clemente Orozco, at: https://www.udg.mx/mexico/arte/pintores/orozco.html

Given the confusion that resulted from linking Orozco´s Hidalgo to the Statue of Liberty, we have now separated the two images, and certainly hope all future attention to our Web page will derive from its own merit.

Thank you for the opportunity to clarify the context.


EDWARD H. WILKINSON

Consul General

U.S. Consulate General

Guadalajara, Mexico

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