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Antonio Soberanis Gomez

Father of the Belizean Labour Movement

 
 
Antonio Soberanis Gomez Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 28, 2018
1. Antonio Soberanis Gomez Marker
Inscription.
Born January 19, 1897 - Died April 14, 1975
Was a member of the Unemployed Brigade that
demonstrated for more work and better pay.
He carried on the cause when its leaders gave up hope
and resigned. He stated "I'd rather be a dead hero
than a living coward"

He formed the Labourers and Unemployed
association (LUA) in 1934, organizing boycotts,
demonstrations and pickets against large merchants.
He led public meetings at this
Battlefield Park talking about the Government's unfair
treatment of labourers.

He was jailed for sedition in 1935.
His association's efforts paid off, however,
by wage increases for workers and more jobs.
He took the movement countrywide to shed light
on worker's rights.

This bust was rededicated on 26 August, 2013 by
Mayor Darrell Bradley and Councilor Kevin Singh
to honor the contribution of this tireless warrior for union rights.

 
Location. 17° 29.653′ N, 88° 11.217′ W. Marker is in Belize City, Belize. Touch for map. The marker is in Battlefield Park on Regent Street in Belize City. Marker is in this post office area: Belize City, Belize 7MHZ8 KWG3V, Belize.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 14 kilometers
The previous Antonio Soberanis Gomez Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, February 26, 2015
2. The previous Antonio Soberanis Gomez Marker
The marker was replaced since this photo with minor changes to the text.
of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Death of William Hart Bennett (within shouting distance of this marker); Mule Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Belize National World War I Cenotaph (approx. half a kilometer away); British Honduras Territorial Force Memorial (approx. half a kilometer away); Saint John's Anglican Cathedral (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); The Belize Defence Force Fallen (approx. 13.6 kilometers away).
 
Categories. Labor Unions
 
Antonio Soberanis Gomez Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 28, 2018
3. Antonio Soberanis Gomez Marker
A previous view of the Antonio Soberanis Gomez Marker and bust image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, February 26, 2015
4. A previous view of the Antonio Soberanis Gomez Marker and bust
Antonio Soberanis Gomez bust image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, February 26, 2015
5. Antonio Soberanis Gomez bust
The sculptor was Stephen Okeke.
Antonio Soberanis Gomez as a young man image. Click for full size.
March 2, 2015
6. Antonio Soberanis Gomez as a young man
Battlefied Park sign, Downton Belize City image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 28, 2018
7. Battlefied Park sign, Downton Belize City
 
 
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