Mazarrón has a new museum of free character dedicated to mining that also proposes an ethnographic walk through life that revolved around the mining activity in the municipality.
The 'Antonio Paredes' Museum, created and launched by this mazarronero who has thus put in value part of his heritage funds for the enjoyment of neighbors and tourists, was opened last night with a very large influx of people who did not want to miss this " historical moment ", as described by the mayor of Mazarrón, Gaspar Miras, who accompanied the promoter of the museum with the Councilor for Culture, Ginés Campillo, and the director of the Popular University, José María López Ballesta.
Antonio Paredes explained that "when you saw that the miners were dying young because of suffocation or a serious accident in the mines and you saw the Civil Guard get to give the news to their relatives, that is recorded in the depths of your being and over the years you wonder if you can do something for the miners of Mazarrón, "Paredes continued," hence the idea of â€‹â€‹creating this museum to serve as a tribute to so many good people who left their life here in the mines of Mazarrón ".
The mayor of Mazarrón, Gaspar Miras, thanked the work of Paredes on behalf, not only of the City Council of Mazarrón, but of all the neighbors of Mazarrón "because we must be proud of the work of a lifetime dedicated to the collection, custody and putting into value everything we see here and everything else that, surely, has in its collector fund ".
The first mayor expressed his great satisfaction at the start-up of the museum "because we like history a lot but then we are sorry for what has been lost, being a town that we have not known how to conserve much of our heritage. Unlike Antonio Walls and people who have helped him, that recovers our history to put it in value and to be enjoyed by all. "
The Councilor for Culture, Ginés Campillo, repeatedly thanked Antonio Paredes and his family "for the effort they have made to make this museum a reality for the enjoyment of the mazarroneros of all ages and all classes, as well as the people who come from outside the municipality to have a more cultural offer and know our municipality in a much deeper way. "
For the mayor, "it is a museum that goes beyond the mining and reaches the ethnographic, with the recreation of the barbershop, the carpentry, the kitchen, the shop of the time; taking a tour of the commercial life of Mazarrón de yesteryear that also means a tribute to the merchants who have given and give life to our streets and for which we must bet ".
The director of the UP, López Ballesta stressed that "it has been many hours spent so that the elements on mining, restored motorcycles, models and representations of crafts can now look as they see them" and thanked the work of Antonio Paredes " for being a self-taught figure with an intellectual precision that has taught us the past in a pleasant and understandable way. "
Source: Ayuntamiento de Mazarrón