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Lourdes Bernard

My panel shows a young woman "Tina La Bazookera" who was a revolutionary during the Dominican resistance when the US invaded the Dominican Republic in April 1965.

 

Tina was only sixteen, and while she was not trained as a soldier, she earned the nickname "la bazookera" because she was a skillful shooter.

 

Tina was one of the Women of April, the thousands of courageous women who fought the US invasion in 1965 in the struggle for self-determination for all Dominicans.

 

Tina lived in Ciudad Nueva, and my family also lived in Ciudad Nueva in a house with a sunny courtyard and a parrot named Cuca.

 

I was ten months old when the 42,000 marines ordered by LBJ arrived.

 

When Ciudad Nueva was heavily shelled by the Intrepid, parked just off the malecón, we fled and became refugees then immigrated to New York City along with thousands of Dominicans.

 

I claim these courageous women as ancestors.

 

Tina is shown holding a gun in one hand and a picture of me in another.

 

This small painting commemorates my first communion, one of my earliest memories in America.

 

Written on the wall behind her is "(Feli)z Navidad" to signify light and rebirth, "ciudad nueva" signifying the new community that Dominicans formed across the ocean highway in Nueva York, and "libertad" the most important human right for all peoples.

One House Project Blackrock Audio Tour
  1. Kajal Dhabalia
  2. Kellyn Moran
  3. Craig Cahoon
  4. Rosa Leff
  5. Shanthi Chandrasekar
  6. Cynthia Farrell Johnson
  7. Jen Sterling
  8. Rita Elsner
  9. Jacqueline Grace
  10. Leslie Nolan
  11. Sandra Davis
  12. Cheryl Mendenhall
  13. Sara Prigan
  14. Anne Cherubin
  15. Dominie Nash
  16. Seemeen Hashem
  17. Lourdes Bernard
  18. Cheryl Edwards
  19. Barbara Frank
  20. Ric Garcia
  21. Warren Alan Jackson
  22. Sally Kauffman
  23. Kyujin Lee
  24. Michael Lang
  25. E. Tina Martin Wyatt
  26. Yolanda Prinsloo
  27. Jane Pettit
  28. Akemi Maegawa
  29. Kate McConnell
  30. Gabrielle Tillenburg