Straw cross and body wearing a red covering from waist to thigh, a pink fabric rose sits at the body's feet. Cross is made from intertwined straw and is adorned with green and red yarn, a halo-like decoration covered in gold glitter sits behind the body's head, loop to hang crucifix at top.
This crucifix was collected during Chicago's Way of the Cross Procession in Pilsen in 1999. It was sold by street vendors for personal use in the home or as a memento.
This Object reflects the uniqueness of Chicago neighborhoods and documents the Way of the Cross Procession which takes place annually in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. The procession has been held each Good Friday in Pilsen since 1977 and includes a reenactment of the Crucifixion and death of Jesus at Harrison Park. The Way of the Cross procession is also a lavish display of the Mexican-American culture that has come to dominate Pilsen since the 1950s and 1960s, due to changes in immigration law and the forced removal of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans from the Near West Side to expand the University of Illinois at Chicago. This crucifix features a pink rose at the foot of the cross. In Christianity, the rose has been used to symbolize the Virgin Mary, martyrdom, and purity.