Knox College Muralism in Revolutionary Nicaragua-The Henry Houser Collection (Knox College)
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La Familia Barreda
La Familia Barreda
TitleLa Familia Barreda
Translated titleThe Barreda Family
DescriptionThe Barredas were a Nicaraguan couple who volunteered at a coffee plantation to help the poor. The plantation was attacked by Contras and they were tortured and executed because they were labeled as communists. Above the mural is a quote: "Somos cristianos, somos revolucionarios" which means "We are christians, we are revolutionaries." The Barredas are now viewed as Christian martyrs. This mural is part of the "Historía de Nicaragua" (History of Nicaragua) mural project in the Santa Maria de los Angeles Church in Barrio Riguero in Managua, Nicaragua. The murals painted in this building were part of a project by Italian muralist Sergio Michilini, who led a team of Italians to train and teach Nicaraguan artists muralism. There were twenty-two Nicaraguan students and four foreign students that helped with the murals in this church. Henry Houser notes, "all of the people present were outspoken critics of imperialist intervention, many were martyred or killed in guerrilla activity. Many are clergy two are Indigenous. A couple are symbols of liberation theology. Also present are Sandino, the FSLN and Fonseca."
ArtistMichilini, Sergio

ContributorsItalia Nicaragua Ancona, Centro Documentazione America Latina (Italy), Moviemient Laici America Latina (Italy) and ENAPUM-DAS (Nicaragua).
PhotographerHouser, Henry P.
Subject (LCSH)Barreda, Felipe, 1931-1983 -- Assassination; Barreda, María Eugenia, 1933-1983 -- Assassination; Nicaragua -- Politics and government -- 1937-1979; Christian martyrs -- Nicaragua
Geographic locationNicaragua -- Managua
Date created (work)1982-1985
TypeStill Image
IdentifierThe Henry Houser Collection (Part 4 Folder 5 #50)
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CollectionMuralism in Revolutionary Nicaragua-The Henry Houser Collection (Knox College)
Create date (photograph)1987
Create date (digital)2010-10-02
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