A 3-foot model of Queen Catherine of Braganza stands in front of the head of a planned 35-foot statue by artist Audrey Flack at the Talix Foundry in Beacon, N.Y. The statue is a gift to New York’s largest borough, Queens, Catherine’s namesake. The gift is meant to symbolize international friendship, but some Queens residents don’t want the statue of the 17th-century Portuguese princess and wife of England’s King Charles II in their borough, or even in their country. They say Catherine, her husband and their families were slave-trading profiteers, guilty of some of history’s harshest abuses.
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