Los Seis de Boulder were six Chicanx student activists who died in May 1974 during weeks-long occupation of Temporary Building 1 on CU Boulder’s campus, in which students demanded continued funding and growth for the Educational Opportunity Programs that brought Mexican-American students and other minoritized students to campus beginning in 1968. 

On May 27, 1974, Una Jaakola, Reyes Martinez, and Neva Romero were killed in a car bomb overlooking the city at Chautauqua Park. On May 29, Francisco Dougherty, Heriberto Teran, and Florencio Granado were killed in a car bomb in a parking lot near 28th and Canyon. Antonio Alcantar was severely injured in that explosion. The circumstances surrounding their deaths were never adequately investigated, and the cases were never solved.

In 2019, students at CU Boulder along with community members and surviving family members created a sculpture with portraits of each of the students (and alum) who died, that was installed in front of Temporary Building 1 on campus. A month later we wheatpasted the same portraits on the facade of the Dairy Arts Center, which sits one block from the second bombing site. 

For more information, there is a project website with photos from the dedication on September 6, a copy of the special edition of El Diario (put out by some of the original editors of this student newspaper that UMAS ran in the 1970s), and links to other press coverage about the story of Los Seis in the context of this project.

CU Boulder is in the process of establishing a public art process and authorizing the sculpture’s permanent status. Send letters of support for the sculpture for Los Seis to remain in front of TB-1 to: los6bouldersculptureproject@gmail.com

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