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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

The Lost Grave of Mexican Anarchist Rafael Adames

Wispy clouds gave way to a warming sun on a recent Sunday morning at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Boyle Heights, California. The shroud of a historical mystery surrounding the grave of Rafael Adames, a slain Mexican anarchist and member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), also lifted from the grounds. A small group of anarchists and activists formed a circle for a humble ceremony around a new marker adorned with his name and the IWW symbol. Adames, who fell victim to a police officer's bullet during the Christmas Day Riot of 1913 in Los Angeles, had been buried in an unmarked grave at the cemetery for more than a century.

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