Photographer's Note

I continue my trip through Spain with a visit to Cáceres.

Cáceres is the capital of Cáceres province, in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain. In 2014 its population was around 96,000. The municipio has a land area of 1,750.33 square kilometres (675.81 square miles), the largest geographically in Spain. The walled city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Walking up to the Old Town, I came across this bronze sculpture of a newspaper seller.

After doing some research on the internet I found out it commemorates the life of Leoncia Gómez Galán.

Leoncia Gómez Galán was the last street seller of the Extremadura Newspaper. She was born in 1903 in Valencia de Alcántara and, apparently, was abandoned on the doors of a church.

Eventually, she made her way to Cáceres where she found employment as a maid with a well known lawyer, whose house was on Plaza San Juan close to where this statue is sited. After fifty years service, Germán Sellers de Paz, director of the Extremadura newspaper at that time, suggested to the lawyer for whom he worked that Leoncia sold copies of the newspaper through the streets of Cáceres.

Leoncia accepted and began a new life as a 'town crier' and newspaper seller. For almost a decade, she shouted about the newspaper to the four winds, telling its news and showing its photos as well selling lottery tickets. Finally retired and having moved to a retirement home, she met the 'love of her life' at the age of 74. They got married and travelled to Benidorm on their honeymoon.

She died in 1986. In 1998 at the request of the Extremadura Newspaper and coinciding with the 75th anniversary of its founding, the artist José Antonio Calderón was commissioned to produce a bronze sculpture as a tribute and commemoration.

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