TUCSON, Ariz. - A group is renewing efforts to get the city to take down the infamous Pancho Villa statue.
Judicial Watch submitted a request to the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona to take down the statue of Villa at Veinte de Agosto Park, 123 W. Congress St.
In a letter to the Arts Foundation filed by Mark Spencer of Judicial Watch, the group requested a public hearing on the statue's removal, citing "overwhelming public objection" to the statue.
The group meets at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress St.
The Mexican government and a Mexican media organization gave the bronze statue to the state in June 1981.
Previous efforts to have the statue removed have failed.
Villa was a Mexican revolutionary general who lived from 1878 to 1923. He led a deadly raid on the New Mexico border town of Columbus in 1916, which set him at odds with the U.S. government.