It took place in Ponce, the second-largest city of what is still an unincorporated territory of the United States — Puerto Rico. On that day, which was Palm Sunday, the island territory’s police gunned down 19 unarmed civilians who were marching to commemorate the abolition of slavery.
The governor followed a union-busting strategy similar to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, but while that governor tolerated a weeklong sit-in protest in Madison, Fortuno had his police beat students, teachers, children and the elderly on the steps of his own capitol building.
The United States invaded the island on July 25, 1898, and claimed it as booty after the Spanish-American War. Long since obsolete as a strategic outpost in the Cold War, the Caribbean island is America’s best-kept secret: an unfree state within the land of the free.