U.S. Mexico Foundation Honors Legacy of Ignacio E. Lozano, founder of La Prensa, in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato Mexico
Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato MX – Yesterday the U.S.-Mexico Foundation (USMF), represented by its President and CEO, Martha Smith, trustees and staff, held a ceremony at the Elementary School Escuela del Centenario, to honor Ignacio E. Lozano and to present a gift to the school along with several partner organizations. The school was built in 1921 thanks to Mr. Lozano, founder of the newspaper La Prensa of San Antonio, TX. His family was represented by his son, Ignacio Lozano of Los Angeles, CA, his daughter Mary Alice Lozano de Brockman of Mexico City and a number of the founder’s grandchildren and their families.
In addition, the U.S.-Mexico Foundation, Nacional Monte de Piedad, UNETE Foundation and a large list of partners who support UNETE provided the school internet access and a new computer laboratory, inaugurated yesterday during USMF’s visit to the school.
In 1921 Don Ignacio visited the cradle of Mexican Independence, the city of Dolores Hidalgo, to write a series of articles commemorating the Centennial of Mexico’s Independence from Spain. During that visit he was shocked to find that the city had no school of its own. He returned home determined to remedy this situation. Through his fundraising efforts among Mexicans living in the United States and his own resources, the cornerstone for the new school was laid on September 16, 1921. When the school was inaugurated in 1923, many important personalities of the day were present, including Minister of Education José Vasconcelos and the renowned painter Diego Rivera, among others.
“The spirit of Don Ignacio’s legacy, mobilizing efforts in the United States to work across borders with Mexican counterparts and address issues at the core of our well-being as a region continues to live on today through his family and we believe through the work of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation. We are incredibly proud to be able to honor the history of Escuela del Centenario and to partner with distinguished organizations like Nacional Monte de Piedad and UNETE in order to support the young people of Dolores Hidalgo,” said Martha Smith, USMF President and CEO.
“The rich history of this school and the cross-border ties we see here constitute a perfect example of the kind of leadership and partnership USMF values and works to replicate throughout the U.S. and Mexico, specifically through our Mexican American Leadership Initiative,” said David Ayón, Co-Chair of the USMF Mexican American Leadership Initiative.