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In Honor Of Eva Perón’s 100th Birthday, This New Exhibit Shows Her Love Of Poor Children

The legacy left behind by Eva Perón is unprecedented. The Argentinian leader was just as influential as her husband Juan Perón, the president of her home country, if not more. In her short life, she advocated for the poor and working class — and that is how the world and her people continue to remember her. Now, a new exhibit shows exactly how she reached even the most vulnerable people.

The Evita Museum, in Argentina, is honoring the 100th birthday of Eva Perón with an exhibit that looks at her work with children.

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The exhibit, titled “Childhood and Peronism, the toys of the Eva Perón Foundation” features several dozen toys that the Former First Lady passed out to children during Christmas between 1948 and 1955, NBC News reports.

Eva, who never had children of her own and died of cervical cancer, handed out toys to the most impoverished children in Argentina.

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According to the network, some children got the toys by Eva herself, and others got them from various post offices across the country.

“Children were always given particular importance in Eva’s work, especially all matters concerning children’s rights,” Marcela Genés, the museum’s curator, told The Associated Press. “She herself had a very impoverished childhood, and that stayed with her. Achieving justice for children was a particular focus for Eva.”

Some visitors who’ve seen the toy exhibit are astonished by her accessibleness, a quality that leaders today hardly ever show.

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“The variety of toys and the letters the children wrote to ask her for toys caught my eye,” Paola Jaque of Chile told NBC. “She answered them personally, which I don’t believe happens nowadays.”

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