While exploring the Köşi neighborhood in Ashgabat (itself a former village before being annexed in the 20th century), Ann and I stumbled across a school with a bust of a woman in the school yard. This is unusual in Turkmenistan–a memorial to a woman–so we stopped to photograph it, and the teachers came out to see who the strangers were. We asked whom the bust commemorated. Ene Kuliyeva was an advocate for educating girls in the early 20th century, and was assassinated in Moscow in 1925. The school is named in her honor. I photographed the pages in a three-ring binder the teachers showed us, and am having the text translated from Turkmen into English. We forget too easily the martyrs who made the world a better place and suffered for their labors; I don’t want her to be forgotten.
!(Ene Kuliyeva bust)(https://www.mapillary.com/app/user/apm-wa?lat=37.96385865662057&lng=58.33851177250813&z=15.850268592347454&signs=true&pKey=1j_TizQcSasvbfa5Kvi6zg&focus=photo&x=0.5160366392587392&y=0.31757363129430666&zoom=0.009924828515559246)