FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Twenty-eight farmworkers who were buried in a mass grave after their plane crashed en route to Mexico in 1948 now have a gravestone with their names on it.
Their burial without names prompted a protest poem by Woodie Guthrie that was sung over the years by musicians including Joan Baez and Bob Dylan.
The granite memorial was unveiled Monday at the grave site at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Fresno.
Many of the farmworkers were returning home after being part of the bracero program, which allowed Mexican citizens to legally enter the U.S. to do seasonal work. Their airplane crashed over Los Gatos Canyon near Coalinga, killing everyone one board.
The effort to remember the workers was spearheaded by Fresno-born writer Tim Hernandez, who is writing a book about them.
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