Photograph of a Young Lords Party march commemorating the Ponce massacre

Photograph by
Maristany, Hiram, American, born 1945
Subject of
Young Lords Party, American, founded 1969
Prof. DeGraffe, Luis, American, 1949 - 2015
Albizu Campos, Pedro, Puerto Rican, 1891 - 1965
Puerto Rican Student Union, American, 1969 - 1976
Puerto Rican Nationalist Party, Puerto Rican, founded 1922
Unidentified Man or Men
Unidentified Woman or Women
March 21, 1971; printed 2014
silver and gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 15 3/4 × 19 5/8 in. (40 × 49.8 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 16 × 19 7/8 in. (40.6 × 50.5 cm)
Young Lords photographer, Hiram Maristany captured this image on March 21, 1971 when the Young Lords Party organized a commemorative march for the 1937 Ponce Massacre in Ponce, Puerto Rico. More than 7,000 Young Lords Party members participated in the march, which culminated in a rally at Plaza Borinquena.
This image shows a commemorative march held by the Young Lords in the Bronx on March 21, 1971. The participants march in organized lines down the center of a city street, their proper right arms held out to their sides. The photo is taken in the center of the street, facing the marchers. At the head of the column of marchers at the left side of the image is a man wearing a large overcoat and a beret with a [TENGO PUERTO RICO / EN MI / CORAZON] / [YLO] pin attached to the front. At the front of the column of marchers on the right side of the image is a woman in a beret and a leather jacket. She has a [TENGO PUERTO RICO / EN MI / CORAZON] / [YLO] pin attached to her right collar. Her beret has another [TENGO PUERTO RICO / EN MI / CORAZON] / [YLO] pin attached alongside a [YOUNG LORDS PARTY] pin with the Puerto Rican flag. A man in a beret and denim jacket marches behind her. At the back of the marchers visible in the photo, is a large banner that reads [FREE ALL / POLITCAL PRISONERS / NOW! / INMATES LIBERATION FRONT] with an image of Puerto Rican nationalist Pedro Albizu Campo displayed on the left-hand side of the banner. There are no marks or inscriptions, front or back.
Place captured
Bronx, New York, United States, North and Central America
Cultural Place
Ponce, Puerto Rico, United States, North and Central America
Puerto Rico, United States, Caribbean, Latin America, North and Central America
Media Arts-Photography
Young Lords Movement
gelatin silver prints
Political organizations
Race relations
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Hiram Maristany. Permission required for use.
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