28 Deportees Memorial Headstone

Be a Part of History…

In tandem with the Fresno Diocese and Holy Cross Cemetery, we are working to raise money to erect a new headstone listing the names of all 28 passengers who were killed in a plane crash on January 28, 1948 in Los Gatos Canyon in Fresno County.

In brief, this is the same incident that American folk musician Woody Guthrie wrote the lyrics about in his song, “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (The Deportee Song).” Angered over the fact that all the major newspapers of the time had omitted the names of the 28 “Mexican nationals” yet included the names of the government officials, Guthrie wrote a poem with the intention of restoring their dignity. Years later a school-teacher named Martin Hoffman composed a melody for it, and since then the tune has been recorded by the likes of Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Bruce Springsteen and many others. For more info about the crash and my research please click here.

Me standing in the exact location of where the plane crashed.

Me standing in the exact location of where the plane crashed.

We Need Your Help

We need to raise $10,000 in order to accomplish this beautiful memorial and lasting tribute to the 28 lives who have been buried without their names for 65 years at Fresno’s Holy Cross Cemetery. The current headstone simply reads “28 Mexican Citizens Who Died in An Airplane Crash…”

In effort to give the whole community an opportunity to be a part of this historical endeavor we are accepting donations of any amount. For your contribution, your name will be listed as a donor on the program handout we will be passing out at the public event (date to be determined).

You can send your contributions either to me or directly to the cemetery. If you send to me I’ll mail you back a signed thank you card with an excerpt from my book-in-progress, which is tentatively titled, All They Will Call You…