BRACEROS THAT DIED IN THE CHUALAR TRAGEDY-SEPT. 17, 1963

Wednesday ,October 21 2015


  1. Salvador Olmedo Gallegos
  2. Juan Nunez Valtierra
  3. Antonio Llanes Gonzalez
  4. Alberto Martinez Martinez
  5. Agapito Villafuerte Torres
  6. Victoriano Padilla Sanchez
  7. Margarito Delgado Tinoco
  8. Luis Orozco Contreras
  9. Gonzalo Amador Huerta
  10. Juan Diaz Duenas
  11. Juan Segiviano Roza
  12. Roberto Meza Huerta
  13. Felipe Ramirez Melendez
  14. Ramon Torres Gutierrez
  15. Jose Angel Olivares
  16. Jose Delgado Mendoza
  17. Jesus Becerra Acevez
  18. Salvador Cabrera Cholico
  19. Pedro Segura Ramirez
  20. Dolores Matansillas Flores
  21. Silvino Munoz Escobedo
  22. Ramon Navarro Flores
  23. Manuel Maldonado Robles
  24. Loreto Bojorquez Mungaray
  25. Jose Gamez Martinez
  26. Trinidad Mendez Vazquez
  27. Herminio Huerta Tellez
  28. Salomon Guzman Torres
  29. Jesus Mercado Gallardo
  30. Sixto Robles Urzua
  31. Manuel de Jesus Coronado Lopez
  32. Antonio Gomez Zamora (former bracero at the time)

“…accidents involving trucks transporting braceros resulting in multiple deaths…between 1952 and 1963, there were a total of 1,205 recorded farm transportation accidents, or more than 1 every 3.5 days, on average; 2,973 farm workers were injured seriously enough in these accidents to miss at least one day of work; another 159 were killed. The most famous (or infamous) of these accidents—at a crossing in Chualar (south of Salinas), killing 31 braceros and one domestic worker, while injuring 22 braceros and 3 domestics (only the driver of the bus was physically unscathed)—led to a full-scale, though controversial, congressional investigation overseen by Adam Clayton Powell.”

---They Saved the Crops, Labor, Landscape, and the Struggle over Industrial Farming in Bracero-era California, Don Mitchell, 2012, University of Georgia Press.

 

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