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San Felipe, Guanajuato, Mexico — The Central Highlands (North America)

1936 San Felipe Massacre

1936 San Felipe Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 18, 2019
1. 1936 San Felipe Massacre Marker

1er. Regimiento de Caballería de la Matriz General
San Felipe, Gto.

En memoria de los caidos en esta plaza durante el zafarrancho del domingo 29 de marzo de 1936 que propició el arribo del Presidente de México Lázaro Cárdenas del Río a la entonces llamada
“Ciudad Manuel González”
Cabalgantes Guadalupanos. ∙ Cabalgantes de Cristo Rey ∙ Caballería Milicia de San Miguel Arcángel
29 de Marzo de 2016

English translation:
1st Cavalry Regiment of the General Matrix in San Felipe, Guanajuato
In memory of those fallen in this square in the violence of Sunday, March 29, 1936 which led to the arrival of the President of Mexico Lázaro Cárdenas del Río to what was then known as
"Ciudad Manuel González"
Guadalupan Horsemen ∙ Horsemen of Christ the King ∙ Cavalry Militia of San Miguel Arcángel
March 29, 2016

Erected 2016.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionCivil Rights. A significant historical date for this entry is March 29, 1936.
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21° 28.714′ N, 101° 12.935′ W. Marker is in San Felipe, Guanajuato. Marker is on Principal just east of Pino Suárez, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Felipe GTO 37600, Mexico. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. José Práxedis Gilberto Guerrero Hurtado (a few steps from this marker); Hidalgo's Proclamation of Independence (a few steps from this marker); Hidalgo's Priesthood in San Felipe (within shouting distance of this marker); Benito Juárez in San Felipe (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Miguel Hidalgo in San Felipe (about 150 meters away); The Founding of San Felipe, Guanajuato (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Plaza Aquiles Serdán (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The Route of Hidalgo (approx. 1.5 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Felipe.
Regarding 1936 San Felipe Massacre. The marker describes a confusing incident that occurred here on March 29, 1936. Prior to this date, the Mexican Federal Government had put in place a public, secular education program, which was painted as ‘socialist’ by those with a more conservative ideology. Some teachers from the program had been attacked on March 28, so tensions were high in the town. The teachers organized a public education activity for March 29 in the town’s central park. During the activity, which
1936 San Felipe Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, March 18, 2019
2. 1936 San Felipe Massacre Marker
The marker can be seen to the right in this view of the central park of San Felipe. Note the memorial to Miguel Hidalgo further to the left.
coincided with the end of a mass at the nearby Catholic church, a fight broke out. This fight soon led to gunshots with a sad total of at least 18 dead and 25 injured. As the marker mentions, the next day the Mexican President arrived (he had been at another activity in nearby Querétaro). President Cárdenas visited the town and held multiple meetings in order to support an investigation into the violence and achieve peace in the town.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 575 times since then and 167 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 12, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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Sep. 29, 2023