Antonio Soberanis Memorial Gravesite, Santana Village, Belize District
On 15 February 2018, the Institute for Social and Cultural Research (ISCR-NICH) held a memorial ceremony honouring the life and contributions of Antonio Soberanis at his burial site in Santana Village.
Antonio Soberanis Gomez was born on 17 January, 1897. He is widely known for his leadership in the organized movement of workers against colonialism in the 1930s. As one of the founders of the Labour & Unemployed Association (LUA), Antonio Soberanis compellingly articulated the need for improved social and economic conditions and thereby contributed to the labor movement and the fight for independence. He died in 1975 and was buried in Santana Village.
At the ceremony, the burial site was declared as a national memorial to inspire students and the public to learn about the role of Antonio Sobearnis in Belize’s history
The restoration of the burial site was carried out through the efforts of the Soberanis Family, the Institute of Archaeology (IA-NICH) and ISCR-NICH.
Be sure to visit the site when you’re in the area!