MEXICO: Heroes to Disinter

The chief of P.R.I., Mexico's largest party, had an idea: the heroes of the Mexican Revolution, though dead, might be made to contribute to national unity and, incidentally, to P.R.I, prestige. Dr. Rafael Pascacio Gamboa's suggestion: disinter the bodies of Emiliano Zapata, Pancho Villa, Alvaro ObregÓn, rebury them with full and traditional pomp in a crypt beneath the Monument to the Revolution.

Mexicans call the monument "La Gasolinera" because of its likeness to a giant filling station. It was built by Porfirio Diaz not as a monument but as the central portion...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!