Save the Date: Antonio Garra Day – March 18

Get ready to celebrate the life and legacy of a remarkable Native American leader at the annual Antonio Garra Day on March 18, 2023 from 11am-4pm, hosted by the Pala Band of Mission Indians and First San Diego Courthouse, Inc. in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

Antonio Garra was a respected leader of the Cupeño people who lived in the San Diego area in the 19th century. He fought tirelessly for the rights of his people, advocating for fair treatment and protection of their lands and resources. His bravery and dedication continue to inspire and inform the work of indigenous leaders to this day.

Garra was a Native American Patriot who fought for Southern California and Northern Baja tribal rights and sovereignty. He was illegally executed on January 10, 1852, by the citizens of California during a mass anti-Native American 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.”

The Pala Band of Mission Indians has been honoring Garra’s legacy since 1997 by organizing an annual event to commemorate his life and contributions. This year’s celebration promises to be a special one, as it marks the 26th anniversary of the Antonio Garra Day.

The event will be held at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, a picturesque location that is rich in history and culture. The day’s activities will include cultural performances, traditional bird singers, and a variety of educational exhibits that showcase the life and times of Antonio Garra and the Cupeño people.

This is a family-friendly event that is open to all members of the community. Whether you’re a long-time resident of San Diego or just visiting the area, this is an excellent opportunity to learn about the rich history and culture of the region and to honor the life of a remarkable Native American leader.

So don’t forget to mark your calendars for March 18, 2023, and join the Pala Band of Mission Indians in celebrating the life and legacy of Antonio Garra. It’s sure to be an unforgettable experience that you won’t want to miss!