Recently we had the pleasure and honor of attending a very special event honoring Adela Velarde Perez better known as “La Adelita” who is buried at the San Felipe Cemetery.
Adelita made famous by the corrido (song) which became the Mexican Revolution war song would live (after the revolution) in this community with her husband Colonel Villegas at 309 W. Rodriguez.
Adelita joined the revolution at the tender age of 13, eventually becoming a nurse.
Consul Santana hosted the event which included a discussion with famous Coahuila Mexico journalist Otto Schober and author Jose Alberto Galindo, who created the special presentation on La Adelita.
Also present was Dr. Velma Villegas, granddaughter and various other family members. The Mexican Consulate and the Brown Plaza Association (under the leadership of Joe and Tina Martinez) are in the process of working towards establishing the burial site as a historical site.
The event began at the burial site and later continued at BBVA Compass Bank for the discussion and refreshments.
Many locals that attended the event noted that although they had heard the song “La Adelita”, many were unaware of her true historical significance or that she was buried in this community. As stated in our mission statement, DRHCC is proud to help promote awareness and preservation of the Hispanic heritage.