The first Statue of Liberty given to the the US by France was a black woman that the US turned down so the French made another which is the current in NY Harbor. This is Black Lady Liberty, also made by the French, on the Island of St Martin.
Maria Santos Gorrostieta: Fought tirelessly against Mexican drug cartels whose control and violence blight an entire nation. After two unsuccessful assassination attempts, she was ambushed, tortured and executed in November 2012, after agreeing to go with her attackers to spare the lives of her children. HERO