By: ISDA Staff
N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled the much-anticipated statue of an Italian American icon, Mother Cabrini, on Columbus Day in New York City, abc7 reports.
The event took place in Manhattan’s Battery Park City, watch the saint’s unveiling here:
The dedication of the statue on Monday comes a year after Cuomo announced that the state would pay for the monument that honors the Roman Catholic nun who was canonized in 1946.
Cuomo attended the unveiling at a vantage point near the Hudson River, with a view of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
“Mother Cabrini is the personification of the Italian American legacy,” Cuomo said. “She founded 67 schools, hospitals and orphanages. She served the poor and the immigrants. She had boundless energy and unlimited capacity and she was a model for female empowerment before the expression was ever used – doing all of this in the late 1800s and early 1900s.”
There are 150 statues in New York City, and only a handful are of women. The city aimed to change that by honoring several New York female icons, but when Cabrini didn’t make the cut for the project, Cuomo stepped in and pledged $750,000 to build the monument.