Topeka in Shawnee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Mariachi Estrella de Topeka Musical Tribute
In 1977, seven women from Kansas banded together to share with America, the traditions, culture and music of Mexico - and Mariachi Estrella de Topeka was born. Originally a choir of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, the group rose to become regional performing artists. In the male-dominated world of mariachi, these pioneering women became the first all-female mariachi in Kansas and one of the first groups of its kind in the U.S. Their success, however, was cut short on July 17, 1981, when four members lost their lives in a tragic accident.
[Relief](l-r), Dolores Galvan, Connie "Chae" Alcala, Dolores Carmona, Linda Rokey Scurlock
And their music lived on through mariachi members left behind
Teresa Cuevas, Rachel Galvan, Isabel "Bolie" Gonzales
This Mariachi Estrella de Topeka Musical Tribute ensures that the story and the music of these seven women will forever be heard.
Dedicated July 12, 2006
Sculptor: Emanuel Martinez
Location. 39° 2.926′ N, 95° 40.363′ W. Marker is in Topeka, Kansas, in Shawnee County. Marker is on SE Quincy Street near 8th Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Memorial is on the west grounds of the
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of the First State Capitol (approx. 0.2 miles away); Samuel J. Crumbine, MD (approx. ¼ mile away); Alfred M. Landon State Office Building (approx. ¼ mile away); G.A.R. Memorial Building (approx. ¼ mile away); On This Site (approx. ¼ mile away); Charles Curtis (approx. 0.3 miles away); Governor Landon's Acceptance (approx. 0.3 miles away); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Topeka.
Also see . . .
1. Mariachi Estrella de Topeka. (Submitted on October 18, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel Disaster. (Submitted on October 18, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Entertainment • Hispanic Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 18, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 577 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 18, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.