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AP Spanish students got hands-on experience celebrating Día de Muertos this weekend, as they built an ofrenda (an altar) as part of the Eitlejorg’s Virtual Celebration of the holiday.

Students designed the ofrenda to honor Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a 17th century nun, self-taught scholar, and acclaimed writer of the Latin American Colonial Period and this Hispanic Baroque. She was also a staunch advocate for women’s rights and since her death has become known as the first published feminist of the New World.

Today, Sor Juana stands as a national icon of Mexican identity, and her image appears on Mexican currency.

View the video below to see students construct the altar and then speak more about Sor Juana, her life, and her impact on the world.