The country dedicated a small section of the foreign ministry grounds Monday to place a plaque honoring Rafael Mora Porras, who was declared liberator and national hero by the Asamblea Legislativa Sept. 16.
The honoring of Mora is supposed to enhance the cultural identity, and schools have been instructed to include the former president in the academic curriculum.
Luis Liberman, acting president while Laura Chinchilla is in the United States, and René Castro, the foreign minister, unveiled the plaque.
Mora is best known for being president when the country went to war against the filibusters led by William Walker in Nicaragua in 1856. This was the so-called national campaign.
Authors of textbooks will have several problems, including the fact that Mora was an autocrat who stripped many Costa Ricans of the right to vote by changing the constitution of the time. He also was ousted in a coup, fled and later returned to regain his office only to be executed by firing squad in Puntarenas in 1860. The police complex that houses the security ministry already bears Mora’s name.