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A hundred objects and documents reunited for the first time in Puebla, related to the participation of this Mexican entity in the Independence movement, among them, an original print of Plan of Iguala, integrate the exhibition Memorias de libertad: imagenes y palabras de nuestra Independencia (Memoirs of Liberty: Images and Words of our Independence), open at the Regional Museum of Puebla.


The exhibition is part of the celebrations of the Bicentennial of the Independence, and recounts the role this entity had through its printing works in this episode of the national life. Puebla printers stamped the proclamations, calls, condemns, letters, orders and protests that circulated then.

Organized by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), Memorias de Libertad represents an acknowledgement to Zacatlan, Izucar, Tehuacan, Palmar and Quecholac multi-ethnic communities their participation during the Independence.

Printed matters, engravings, paintings, coins, manuscripts and other pieces associated to the liberty movement will be appreciated by the general public in Puebla until October 2010.

Historian Lara Tenorio mentioned that the exhibition “remarks circulation of ideas, formulation of the own principles, development of ideological debate and the genesis of public opinion, expressed through the use of the printing press in the New Spain”.

The exhibition gathers original prints of documents such as Plan de Iguala, which first copy was issued in Puebla in February 12th 1821, at the priest Joaquin Furlong printers work.

After being signed by Agustin de Iturbide and Vicente Guerrero in February 24th of the same year, the document returned to Puebla to be reproduced and divulgated among population.

The show also exhibits copies of the Cordoba Treaties and the adhesion of Puebla to Iturbide; insurgent newspapers such as Mexicano Independiente and El Durangueño; sermons, impassioned speeches and proclamations made public, as well as informs sent to Viceroyal authorities and letters confiscated to insurgents.

Memorias de libertad: imagenes y palabras de nuestra Independencia includes portraits of heroes like Miguel Hidalgo, Jose Maria Morelos, Mariano Matamoros, Valerio Trujano, Vicente Guerrero and bishop Antonio Perez Martinez, as well as the famous anonymous 19th century painting La Personificacion del Imperio Mexicano (The Embodiment of the Mexican Empire).

The exhibition represents a tour through a historical period that began with the Colonial system crisis and the origin of Creole identity, to the celebrations of the Centennial in 1910.

Items come from heaps of the National Museum of Viceroyalty, Palafoxiana Library, Puebla Municipal Historic Archive, Puebla Regional Museum, Universidad Iberoamericana, Puebla Cathedral, Casa del Alfeñique Museum, Instituto Mora, Izucar and Tehuacan city halls, National Library of Anthropology and History (BNAH) as well as private collections.

The show will be open until October 3rd 2010 at Temporary Exhibitions Hall of the Puebla Regional Museum, located on Centro Civico St., Puebla, Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 hours. The admission fee is 41 MXP, but children under 13, senior citizens, students and teachers with valid ID do not pay.