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The UB participates in a tribute to women imprisoned at the former Women Prison of Les Corts

Xavier López, director of the UB Solidarity Foundation, participated in the tribute.

Xavier López, director of the UB Solidarity Foundation, participated in the tribute.

15/04/2015

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Coinciding with the commemoration of the Second Spanish Republic, a tribute to women imprisoned at the former Women Prison of Les Corts took place on Tuesday 14 April. The event took place in the memory space created last November in the cross between Joan Güell and Europa streets, in Barcelona. The tribute is part of the initiative led by the UB that aims at recovering the historical memory of the Women Prison of Les Corts, hidden for more than sixty years.

In the past, the Women Prison of Les Corts was located at the Avinguda Diagonal, at the Plaça de la Reina Maria Cristina. Between 1939 and 1955, thousands of women were imprisoned and eleven prisoners were shooted in the prison during the cruellest years of Franco's dictatorship. Nowadays, the prison does not exist and the place is occupied by a popular shopping centre. The former prison is only remember by a plaque which does not make any reference to the dictatorship. For the last two years, the European Observatory of Memories of the UB Solidarity Foundation and the Polis Research Centre: Art, City, Society of the UB, together with the Associació per la Cultura i la Memòria de Catalunya (ACME, Association for Catalan Culture and Memory), have been developing a collaborative work together with citizens and local organizations to recover the historical memory of the prison.

 

 

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