Statue Project

At this time, the Bernardo de Gálvez Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Granaderos Damas de Gálvez are seeking funds to develop this section of Menard Park, which will become the Bernardo de Gálvez Plaza. The project budget is $700,000, and to date over$75,000 has been raised through generous donations from individuals and grants from cultural and educational foundations. Our idea would be to name the plaza for a major corporate or private donor, as in XYZ Corporation Bernardo de Gálvez Plaza. In addition, based on level donations, individuals and families will be recognized with engraved paving bricks, granite plaques, and bronze plates. There are other features of the plaza, such as park benches, loggia, and arbors, which will also require sponsorship.

The Bernardo de Gálvez Statue Plaza project offers an opportunity to connect residents of the Gulf Coast, who may not realize their heritage as descendants of patriots who fought for American independence, with early Revolutionary War patriots who lived in this area. The monument and permanent explanatory entablatures will help fill in omissions in our history by commemorating Spain’s contribution toward removing the British from the Gulf Coast during the revolution, and it will fittingly honor the accomplishments of Gálvez in the city that bears his name. The project will also raise awareness of the multi-ethnic army of Spaniards, Mestizos, Creoles, Indians, and free Africans that Gálvez assembled. Thus, a monument to Gálvez represents the nation’s motto of “E Pluribus Unum” (Out of Many, One) by honoring the Spanish war hero, and by recognizing the area’s multi-cultural ties to the American Revolution!

This important community development project combines visual arts, public education, preservation of park space, and a patriotic honoring of our ethnically diverse ancestors. It would also be a fitting memorial to Gálvez and Spain for their contribution to the American Revolution!

Donate to the Bernardo de Galvez Statue Project HERE