Long memories in Pensacola still honour Macharaviaya-born Bernardo Galvez on May 8 each year

GALVEZ STATUE:  Spanish delegation helps to lay the foundations, credit: Mancomunidad Axarquía Costa del Sol

PENSACOLA (FLORIDA) once again celebrated Galvez Day on May 8 in honour of Macharaviaya-born Bernardo Galvez.
A statue of Galvez now stands in a central Pensacola street, paid for by popular subscription in tribute to Galvez, governor of Spanish Louisiana and a War of Independence hero who led the Siege of Pensacola against the British in 1781, retaking the Bay after 18 years of occupation.
When the foundations were laid for the statue Elias Bendodo, then president of Malaga’s provincial council, the Diputacion, accompanied by Marcharaviaya’s mayor Antonio Campos and Victor Gonzalez, who still heads the Diputacion’s Culture department, assisted in laying the foundations for the statue.
Another delegation returned three years later in 2018 to view the newly-installed statue whose pedestal bears the crest of Galvez’s Marcharaviaya family.

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Originally from the UK, Linda is based in Valenca and is a reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering local news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]


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