Antigua Guatemala in Municipality of Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala
Pedro Coﬁño and Ramon Palencia Shot by Firing Squad
Aqui fueron fusilados injustamente el 23 de abril de 1908 a las 7 de la noche Pedro G. Cofiño y Ramon Palencia. Rogad por ellos.
On April 23, 1908 at 7 pm Pedro G. Cofiño and Ramon Palencia were unjustly shot here by firing squad. Pray for them.
Location. 14° 33.26′ N, 90° 43.75′ W. Marker is in Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, in Municipality of Antigua Guatemala. Marker is at the intersection of Calle de Hermano Pedro and Calle de Hermano Pedro and 7a Calle Poniente, on the left when traveling north on Calle de Hermano Pedro. Touch for map. This marker is on the eastern wall of the San Francisco Grande church wall in Antigua, Guatemala. Marker is in this post office area: Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez 03001, Guatemala.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Friar Augusto Ramírez Monasterio (within shouting distance of this marker); Don Rafael V. Alvarez Polanco (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line); First Location of Olimpia Leal Normal School (about 240 meters away); The 100th Anniversary of the Olimpia Leal Normal Institute for Ladies (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Dr. Oscar Asensio del Valle Francisco Marroquín and the San Pedro Hospital (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Home of Brother Pedro (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); J. Adrian Coronado y Polanco (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Antigua Guatemala.
Regarding Pedro Cofiño and Ramon Palencia Shot by Firing Squad. From 1898 to 1920 Guatemala was ruled by the dictator Manuel Estrada Cabrera. Cabrera was ruthless in jailing and killing members of any group that opposed his autocratic policies. During 1906 he faced various uprisings against his rule, which only increased his repression of opposition groups. During the night of April 23, 1908 two men that were suspected of opposing him were shot at the location of this marker after lengthy jail sentences. Interestingly, Pedro Cofiñó's family continue to live and prosper in Guatemala.
Stell Quan Rossell's book on the life of Guatemala writer and poet Luis Cardoza y Aragon, "No es el fin, es el mar", discusses the events of the shooting (pages 25-27).
Categories. • 20th Century •
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