Lolita Lebron in mural by Susan Greene
Radio report of Lolita's arrest in 1954,
including her statement. (1 MB mp3)
From Freedom Archives audio archives
Photo: Scott Braley

Lolita Lebron

Lolita Lebron, born in 1920, is a Puerto Rican nationalist who led an attack on the U.S. House of Representatives on March 1, 1954. She and three others, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Andrés Figueroa Cordero, and Irving Flores Rodriguez, walked into the building and opened fire, wounding one congressman. She was later pardoned (1979) by President Jimmy Carter. She continues to be a leader in the struggle for Puerto Rico's independence.

Lolita Lebron and comrades 1954

Lolita Lebron, Rafael Cancel Miranda,
and Andrés Figueroa Cordero at their
arrest in the Capitol, March 1, 1954.

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