Zoilo Suarez Statue


My object, a statue in the Dominican Republic, tells the story of my family. My great-great-grandfather, Zoilo Suarez, worked with Trujillo, a dictator in the Dominican Republic. Though it's debatable whether he was tyrannical or not, Zoilo was very close to him, and he was considered Trujillo's "compadre", a way of calling one a "friend". My great-great-grandfather had come from Spain to the Dominican Republic with his three brothers to explore. Although Zoilo was for Trujillo, my uncle, Tony, fought against Trujillo in the Revolution, causing lots of disagreement in our family. This dispute would later lead to us changing our last names. The family name has given us lots of land in the Dominican Republic. This explains the importance of the Zoilo Suarez statue has on in our family story. 

Place(s): The Dominican Republic

– Camille Castillo

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more