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Topeka in Shawnee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Mariachi Divina!

Mariachi Estrella de Topeka Musical Tribute

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., April 30, 2011
1. Mariachi Divina! Marker
Inscription.
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
 
Erected 2006.
 
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
Mariachi Divina! Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 30, 2011
2. Mariachi Divina! Memorial
Topeka Performing Arts Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 214 SE 8th Avenue, Topeka KS 66603, United States of America.
 
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); G.A.R. Memorial Building (approx. 0.3 miles 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); Kansas Veterans' Walk (approx. 0.3 miles away); Crime Victims' Rights Tree (approx. 0.3 miles away); Kansas Veterans' Memorial (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. EntertainmentHispanic Americans
 
Mariachi Divina! Relief image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 30, 2011
3. Mariachi Divina! Relief
Topeka Performing Arts Center image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 30, 2011
4. Topeka Performing Arts Center
 
 
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 550 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 18, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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