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New York City's largest mural features Gurian Horseman
14 June, 2019
The largest mural in New York City was unveiled last year. The mural covers the wall of City-As-School, a public high school located at 16 Clarkson Street between Hudson Street and Seventh Avenue South in the West Village of Manhattan. The 20,000-square foot mix of colors reflects 5 immigrants who entered the US a century ago. The author of the project is the Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra who engaged students in the work.

Irakli Makharadze, a researcher from Georgia recognized
Mshvidobadze, a famous Gurian horseman among the 5 immigrants. Guria is a region in the western part of Georgia. The researcher has been studying the history of Gurian horsemen over the last 20 years in the US. According to Makharadze, Gurian horsemen were extremely impressed with the Western World and the US.

Their first visit to Europe took place in 1892 when they arrived in England. The American showman Buffalo Bill was looking for horsemen all over the world. His representatives selected only Gurian horsemen within the Russian empire. In 1893, the horsemen visited the US. They used to participate in different horse races. As Americans found it hard to pronounce Georgian names, Gurian horsemen were given made-up names.

Most historical sources identify Gurian horsemen with Russian Cossacks. With the help of Irakli Makharadze, the title Russian Cossacks have been replaced by Georgian horsemen in a number of museums in the US and will gradually be replaced in every source.
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Gurians were forbidden to enter Western World after the Soviet Union was established. Bolsheviks either imprisoned or exiled newly arrived Gurian horsemen. In order to save themselves and their families, Gurians burnt letters and photos. Consequently, numerous photos of Gurians got lost.

Source: Amerikiskhma

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