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         Julia de Burgos

                                   The above images are published in Julia: en blanco
                                            y negro
by Juan Antonio Rodriguez Pagan.


 

Julia de Burgos was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico on February 17, 1914. She was raised in a poor section of Carolina called Barrio Santa Cruz. Her family's poverty did not keep her from developing a love for nature and her country. She was very fortunate to be able to attend school, since she came from a very large family of thirteen children.

In 1934, she married Ruben Rodriguez Beauchamp, and ended her teaching career to dedicate her time to her marriage and her passion for writing. In 1936, she joined the Daughters of Freedom, the women's branch of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party (Partido Nacionalista de Puerto Rico). This was the independence party headed by Pedro Albizu Campos, a Puerto Rican nationalist. Due to time and constraints, her activities had affected her marriage, she and her husband divorced in 1937.

Julia's bio and writings are well documented on the web. To get you started check out:

Wikipedia from which the above text was acquired.
Los Poetas to read some of Julia's poems.
Find A Grave povides Julia's final resting place as well as a bio.
"Julia", a poem dedicated to Julia de Burgos by Celia Altschuler a descendant of Juan Bruno Chabrier Ubinchy.

On October 27, 2006, a mosaic of Julia de Burgos was unveiled at 106th street between Lexington and Third Avenues not far from where Julia passed away. You can read an article regarding the unveiling at nyc.indymedia.org.


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