Dominga Rescues the Flag/Dominga rescata la bandera is a bilingual oral history of Dominga de la Cruz, the Puerto Rican heroine who picked up the flag at Ponce in the midst of the bloody U.S.-ordered assault on a peaceful demonstration March 21, 1937, known as the Ponce Massacre. Dominga de la Cruz was a black working-class Puerto Rican woman who became an activist in the Nationalist Party in the 1930 s and a protege of its leader Pedro Albizu Campos, whom she called El Maestro. When bullets rang out that Palm Sunday in Ponce, Dominga de la Cruz leapt from safety to rescue the Puerto Rican flag when its bearer was shot and killed. For that moment of courage, Dominga won a place in history, along with persecution and exile. Dominga tells her story to Margaret Randall in Cuba, where Dominga found refuge. Dominga s story is one of resistance: Dominga de la Cruz leaping into the gunfire to retrieve the Puerto Rican flag is Puerto Rico in struggle.