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The Black Palace

4 May 2012

When the Palacio de Lecumberri opened in 1888, a Porfirian official gushed to the press that “this is the latest, and most modern in punishment technology”… the Porfirians  were big on having everything up to date in Mexico City.

Tha Palacio has been the home of some of the greatest names in Mexican politics and the arts:  General Bernardo Reyes taught Pancho Villa to read here, Herbierto Catillo and other leaders of the 1968 protests (and future national leaders) spent time here, David Alfaro Siquieros painted a mural in his cell, José Revueltas wrote one of his novels here.  Distinguished foreign guests included wife-killer William S. Burroughs and Trotsky’s assassin, Ramon Mercador.

Closed in 1976, it only makes perfect sense that a place where so much of Mexico’s historical figures were locked up is now the National Archives.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 5 May 2012 9:50 am

    I see that’s part of la Película “El Apando”. I have a copy of a documentary ‘Lecumberri: El palacio negro’ by Arturo Ripstein – 1976. Interesing film

  2. 6 May 2012 9:31 am

    Thanks for this Post.

    I have copied the post – crediting The Mex Files: http://rbc-in-md2.blogspot.com/2012/05/cinco-de-mayo-events-reported-in-1863.html

    You do good stuff!!

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