Historic Photo of the Day: A child dies in Puerto Rico

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony


This photo was taken in 1946 in the town of Fajardo, by Jack Delano.

When a child from a poor family died, their families would sometimes hold a funeral procession through the street, and into the final resting place.

You might see a small family carrying a small box, giving honors to their lost child.

They didn’t have money for a funeral van, or for a large viewing…so they carried their child to the grave, and said a few prayers over her.


2 Comments on “Historic Photo of the Day: A child dies in Puerto Rico

  1. “El Velorio” by Francisco Oller.
    Everyone is celebrating except for the lone figure standing in front of the table -” un Liberado esclavo” that tenderly contemplate the dead child.


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