It Caught My Eye: And On This Date, Something Happened

Coming back home from Boyle Heights earlier this week on one of what’s become my now-rare bike rides,  I was rolling under the Beverly Boulevard bridge over 2nd Street/Glendale Boulevard and upon seeing this ominous and intriguing image pasted up on one of the overpass columns, stopped to snap it (click for marginal biggification).

Wondering what the date signified, I got on The Google later on and learned something new : July 11, 1926* marks the date the Mexican Episcopate voted to suspend all public worship in Mexico bringing about a bloody 3-year-long holy war in Mexico known as the Cristero Rebellion that began when President Plutarco Elias Calles, a reported fanatic bent on exterminating catholicism, signed a so-called “penal reform” law that specified priests were to be fined 500 pesos for wearing clerical garb and could be imprisoned five years for criticizing the government.

Though more than 80 years have passed since the fighting ended and long-silenced church bells once again rang throughout throughout the country, such a violent conflict between church and state is a chapter of Mexico’s history that obviously resonates enough for guerilla artists to remind us of it today.

* Seeing as the only other events I found connected to this date are the 1926 German Grand Prix; the birthdates of actors Burt Kaiser and Patrick Wymark; and the release of the W.C. Fields movie “It’s The Old Army Game,” I can somewhat safely assume the Cristero Rebellion is the event the poster is referencing and its installer is remembering.

2 thoughts on “It Caught My Eye: And On This Date, Something Happened”

  1. I get the impression not so much that it resonates with the history of the artist, but the allusion between then and present day – the struggle between religious political forces and secular ones.

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