January 11, 2020
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110
Antonio Garra Day
Saturday, January 11, 2020
First San Diego Courthouse Museum
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
12:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m.
Antonio Garra was a Native American patriot who fought for Southern California and Northern Baja Tribal rights and sovereignty. He was executed on January 10, 1852, illegally by the citizens of California during a mass hysteria at the beginning of statehood. When Garra was asked to state any last words, he replied, “Gentlemen, I ask your pardon for all my offenses, and expect yours in return.” One witness recounted, “No man could have met his fate in a more brave and dignified manner than did Antonio Garra. I could not but feel a sort of sympathy for him, notwithstanding his crime.”
This event is the celebration of Garra’s life and others who fought to secure the future of the California Indians during the post-Father Serra era. Come join us for the testimonies given for the celebration of life—and ask for your own offenses to be forgiven, although there are no guarantees for pardons!
- Information tables
- Bird singing
- Cultural activities
Feel free to download and share the event flyer (.pdf).