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Puppet of Dr.
Ramón Emeterio Betances photograph (1996)
The puppet of Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances, displayed at the
1996 Festival Betances represents the namesake of the festival.
Born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, Dr. Betances was a surgeon, poet,
essayist, and politician. He studied in Paris, and upon returning
to Puerto Rico to pursue medicine, he saw the injustices of the
poor and turned his pursuits to the abolition of slavery. Betances
is perhaps best revered for his struggle for Puerto Rican independence
and his role in awakening a national consciousness of Puerto Rico.
From the Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción records.
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