Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady (The Virgin) of Guadalupe

I’m writing a book, Niños Héroes: The Fascinating Stores Behind Mexican Street Names. Here’s a short selection:

She is “La Morenita,” the brown lady.

According to Catholic lore, the Virgin Mary first appeared to a peasant in the small town of Guadalupe, Spain, in 1325 AD. She confided to him the location of a long-lost statue, unique in that it portrayed her with a dark face.

In 1531, Mary appeared again on a hill called Tepeyac just outside of Mexico City, this time to a Native…