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St. Toribio Romo

This picture is published as Figure 6.1 on page 158 in the book by Dr. Julia G. Young: "Mexican Exodus - Emigrants, Exiles, and Refugees of the Cristero War", Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2015. The subtitle: "Mural of Santo Toribio Romo in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. Source: Photo courtesy of Les Kordylewski."

Toribio Romo Gonzalez was a Roman Catholic priest martyred by Mexican federal troops in 1928 during the Cristero Wars, an uprising against Mexicos anti-Catholic government. It is believed that St. Toribio appears to migrants in the Sonoran Desert on the US-Mexico border and assists them as they make their way across the border and into the United States.

Unfortunately, this unique mural does not exist anymore. For an unknown reason it has been covered with plain paint, except for the name and dates (http://zamez.org/exploring/pilsen-winter-3). Surprisingly enough, someone considered the image of St. Toribio Romo not appropriate in this predominantly Mexican neighborhood.

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Chicago, USA

Photo details

  • Uploaded on December 4, 2011
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Apoloniusz Jakistam
    • Camera: NIKON COOLPIX S210
    • Taken on 2011/08/10 11:59:11
    • Exposure: 0.004s
    • Focal Length: 6.30mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO64
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash