On Sunday, September 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the town's priest, learned that the independence conspiracy that he led had been discovered by the Spanish. Deciding to take immediate action, Hidalgo woke the entire town at 5am by ringing the parish church bell. The town's residents tumbled out of bed and gathered at the church where, on that morning, Hidalgo delivered a speech proclaiming Mexico's independence from Spain.... the 'Grito de Dolores'. Then, calling his people to arms, Hidalgo rallied an army to march on to Mexico City. With that brazen move, Hidalgo not only signed his own death warrant (he was executed a year later) but he single-handedly began the movement that led to Mexico's independence. Today, Miguel Hidalgo is one of Mexico's most admired heroes, with innumerable streets, statues, and plazas commerating his heroism. This massive sculpture is dedicated to Miguel Hidalgo and the other three major players in the War for Independence; Allende, Jimenez, and Aldama, all four having been executed for their efforts. Big time heroes in the hearts of Mexicans, these names are well-known to everyone who visits Mexico for very long.