de Padilla In Elmwood
Intersection of 12th St. and Jackson St.
Sacrifice of Padre Fray Juan De Padilla - 1544
to the glorious and perpetual memory of Father Fray Juan De Padilla, O.F.M. Franciscan
Missionary, first martyr for Christianity in the United States and in Texas
the Coronado Expedition to Palo Duro Canyon, went with Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
and his chosen party in search of La Gran Quivira
Returned soon and began
his zealous labors for the civilizing and christianizing of the Wichita and other
Indian nations in the region of the Texas Panhandle
His martyrdom occurred
Erected jointly by the State of Texas and the Texas Knights of
Columbus in 1936.
marker in In Elmwood Park|
Photo courtesy Barclay
Gibson, July 2009