Celebrate People's History: Primo Tapia de la Cruz

Christopher Cardinale
GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
April 2015
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
A black, pink, and white poster where there is a man in a framed portrait of a man with a cactus beneath it. There are skeletons above it in the corner on either side of the name section. There is a man in the bottom left of the image. On the right there are two tablets that read: “Primo Tapia was born into the Indigenous Tarascan community of Naraja, Mexico. While working as a migrant laborer in California he studied with the Magon Brothers (Fathers of Mexican anarchism.) He went on to become a member of the Wobblies (International Workers of the World.) At a sugar beet refinery in Nebraska he organized his fellow workers into a 500-man union. Returning home he battled for agrarian reform in the Zacapu Valley Region. Primo led the Tarascan communities to many victories winning back their stolen land. Ultimately he was murdered by soldiers disguised as peasants and became a martyr for the Mexican Agrarian Movement.”
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.