A controversial mural that was painted over by the government of Puerto Rico in 2011, which was then deemed a national monument, has been restored to a wall in the city.
The mural, which depicts Puerto Rican soldiers marching during the American Civil War, was painted by an American artist who went by the name of Juan Manuel Torres and was one of the most famous paintings in the country, said David Pimentel, president of the Puerto Rican art commission.
The painting, titled “Farewell to Puerto Rico,” depicts a group of Puerto Ricans marching in the US Virgin Islands during the Civil War.
In the mural, Puerto Ricas soldiers wear uniforms, while the Virgin Islands are represented by an orange and white flag.
The commission, which has been in place since 1996, decided in 2015 that the mural could not be restored.
But on Monday, the panel voted unanimously to restore it, which is part of a larger effort to restore the painting.
The panel said the restoration was necessary to allow for a new generation of Puerto Rican artists to enter the art market, and the panel approved the plan.
It also recommended that the Puerto Rico National Park Commission provide financial support for the restoration.
The artwork was painted in 1941 and commemorates the 150th anniversary of the US Declaration of Independence.
The American Civil Rights Act of 1964 declared that all people were equal under the law, which included the right to freedom of speech and assembly.
The decision by the panel to restore Torres’s painting to the wall was a significant milestone for the commission.
It said it was the first time in its history that a Puerto Rican artist had been given the chance to restore a painting by an individual.
Puerto Rico had declared a monument to the Virgin Island as a national park, but the National Park Service, which oversees the park, said in 2015 it would allow the commission to continue to work on the painting’s restoration.
It has been unclear whether the restoration will result in any permanent changes to the painting, which now hangs in the National Gallery of Art in New York.