New York City Municipal Archives, NYCMA_RFW_426-1332_26
New York City Mayor Robert Wagner, Jr., honors Felisa Rincón de Gautier, Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In the photo, how can you tell that something important is taking place?
In the photo, what is the attitude of both mayors toward each other?
Why do you think they wanted to meet?
Why was Felisa Rincón de Gautier considered a pioneer?
How did she improve the lives of her people?
Why is she remembered in Puerto Rico with great affection?
How did Mayor Wagner fight against discrimination?
How did he change the “face” of New York City?
Compare the careers of both mayors. Name two ways that their careers were similar.
Imagine that you are a tourist in Puerto Rico and:
- find out what there is to see in Old San Juan.
- decide which colonial building — fortress or church — you would like to visit first.
- find out where the Felisa Rincón de Gautier Museum is located.
- create a travel brochure for the island and include these sites.
Music: Decide what music you would have played at a celebration honoring these two mayors.
English Language Arts: Write a newspaper article reporting on this event. Remember to include who, what, when, where, and why in your first paragraph.
Judith Graham, ed. Current Biography Yearbook 1994. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1994.
Ruth Gruber. Felisa Rincón de Gautier. New York: Crowell, 1972.
Michael Quinn Lofaro, et al. “Obituary.” In Time Magazine, October 3, 1994.
Mireya Navarro. “Three candidates wage tough campaign in drive to become San Juan's second female mayor.” In New York Times, September 29, 1996.
Eric Pace. “Felisa Rincón de Gautier, 97, Mayor of San Juan.” In New York Times, September 19, 1994.
Julia Vitullo-Martin. Breaking Away: The Future of Cities: Essays in Memory of Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Twentieth Century Fund Books, 1996.