The Young Lords were a revolutionary group of young Puerto Rican activists who organized for social justice in their communities during the late 1960s-1970s. They were committed to the liberation of all oppressed peoples, fighting racism and injustice with an emphasis on issues of health, food, housing and education. Inspired by the Black Panthers, they were founded in Chicago in 1968, and formed a New York chapter in East Harlem in 1969.

Mapping Resistance: The Young Lords in El Barrio is a public art project commemorating the activist history of the Young Lords in East Harlem (May 18 - September 30th, 2019). This project features the photography of Hiram Maristany, a lifelong resident of East Harlem who was the official photographer of the Young Lords, and a founding member of the New York chapter. Historic photographs of activist moments of the Young Lords have been enlarged and installed throughout East Harlem, at the same locations where the events took place fifty years ago. Walking tours and additional public programs will explore how activists like the Young Lords have created community-driven solutions in times of crisis, from the post-civil rights era in New York, to the post-huricane Maria present, in Puerto Rico. Visit mappingresistance.com for more information.

Additional references to the Young Lords are featured in artworks below, from the exhibition Ride or Die at BRIC (2016), ¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York at El Museo del Barrio (2015) and Anchor (2015) at Hunter East Harlem Gallery.

Miguel Luciano Young Lords
Mapping Resistance: The Young Lords in El Barrio (a public art project in East Harlem, up through September 30th))
Image: March to Free the Panther 21, Hiram Maristany, 1969.
Miguel Luciano Young Lords 1969 Schwinn Fastback, restored and customized
Young Lord, 2017
1969 Schwinn Fastback, restored and customized
From the exhibition Ride or Die, BRIC (2017)
Miguel Luciano Young Lords 1969 Schwinn Fastback, restored and customized
Young Lord (detail), 2017
1969 Schwinn Fastback, restored and customized
From the exhibition Ride or Die, BRIC (2017)
Miguel Luciano Young Lords 72" x 34" x 3"
Health, Food, Housing, Education (after the Young Lords), 2015
Wood, urethane enamel, vinyl
72" x 34" x 3"
Commissioned for the exhibition ¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York, El Museo del Barrio (2015)
Miguel Luciano Young Lords
Recreation of the original storefront office window of the Young Lords Party in East Harlem, 2015
Hunter East Harlem Gallery

left: Juan Gonzalez at the original headquarters of the Young Lords Party in East Harlem (c.1969), by Hiram Maristany ©.
Miguel Luciano Young Lords Vintage poster reproductions courtesy of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies
Recreation of the original storefront office window of the Young Lords Party in East Harlem, 2015
Hunter East Harlem Gallery
Vintage poster reproductions courtesy of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies
Miguel Luciano Young Lords
Free the Panther 21, 1969
Hiram Maristany ©.
Miguel Luciano Young Lords
Black Pyramids - Panthers and Lords (after Hiram Maristany), 2015
Hunter East Harlem Gallery
Miguel Luciano Young Lords 10" x 10" x 2"
Black Pyramids - Panthers and Lords, 2015
Original vintage buttons c.1969, leather, wood
10" x 10" x 2"
Hunter East Harlem Gallery
Miguel Luciano Young Lords Original vintage Young Lords Party button (c.1969)
Black Pyramids - Panthers and Lords (detail), 2015
Original vintage Young Lords Party button (c.1969)
Miguel Luciano Young Lords Original vintage Black Panther Party button (c.1969)
Black Pyramids - Panthers and Lords (detail), 2015
Original vintage Black Panther Party button (c.1969)