During the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), the name of Sant Miquel street in the Barceloneta neighbourhood was changed to Miquel Pedrola street, after the local resident and POUM leader who died in action at the front. The plaque with Pedrola’s name was covered over by several coats of paint during the Francoist dictatorship, when many street names in the city were changed, and was restored in 2010 in an action to restore the popular memory.
Today, at number 45, Carrer de Sant Miquel, there is an inscription that clearly reads “Carrer de Miquel Pedrola”, with an explanatory plaque underneath. This was the name of the street from 1937 to 1939, in tribute to Miquel Pedrola i Alegre, a prominent member of the Workers’ Party of Marxist Unification (POUM) who died on 8 September 1936 at the front in Huesca.
Pedrola began his political career in the Iberian Communist Youth and later joined the POUM. When the Spanish Civil War broke out, he joined the first columns of militia that set out from Barcelona for the front, with the rank of commander. He was killed in the attack in Casetas de Quicena (Huesca) and news of his death caused great commotion in Barcelona, as he was a well-known and popular figure. The funeral was attended by the masses, with many expressions of condolence from the public. In the Barceloneta neighbourhood, where he had resided and was well known, a tribute to his memory was held in October 1936, organised by the Joventut de la Unió de Cooperadors (Youth of the Cooperators’ Union). The street’s name change was approved by Barcelona City Council and became effective at a pubic event attended by various figures on 21 February 1937. The street recovered its previous name with the establishment of the Franco regime.
This inscription was discovered in 2009 and, thanks to the mobilisation of historians and various residents’ associations and other organisations in the Barceloneta neighbourhood, the owners of the building, which was being remodelled, agreed to conserve and restore the plaque.
Address: 45, Carrer de Sant Miquel || Coordinates: (LAT, LONG): 41.379395334, 2.188448806