By Martha Cabrales Arias
Santiago de Cuba, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) Although these days the proximity of the 167th anniversary of his birth on Tuesday 28 makes his presence more real than ever, José Martí is in this city not only the mystery that accompanies us.
Beyond that poetic definition of José Lezama Lima, the Apostle of Cuban independence glows here in multiple ways and in unexpected places, from the Mausoleum that keeps its ashes in the patrimonial cemetery of Santa Ifigenia to the humblest neighborhood school.
When the nation vibrates indignantly before the humiliation to the Apostle by vandals in the capital, the city where the lifeless body of the Major General of the Liberation Army arrived on May 27, 1895, after his fall at the hands of Spanish colonialism in Dos Ríos, with utmost reverence for his legacy.
To the privilege of guarding with infinite zeal the mortal remains of the Delegate of the Cuban Revolutionary Party, the people of Santiago also incorporate evidence of the admiration and respect for the most universal of Cubans who can be felt throughout its urban geography.
In the immediate vicinity of the former Moncada Barracks, assaulted by Fidel Castro and young revolutionaries on July 26, 1953 with the sacred idea that his imprint would not die in his centennial, an upright sculpture evokes he who was considered the intellectual author of that epic.
Precisely Alberto Lescay’s artistic work is located at the intersection of Avenues of Libertadores and José Martí, the latter one of the most populous of the town that gives access to the necropolis.
From that central location, the hero accompanies the transit of hundreds of men, women and children who in their daily life appreciate as natural the protective breath of those who gave everything for the dignity of Cubans.
Among the memories linked to his portentous footprint, the visit they made in January 2004 Victoria and Marti Margarita Romero, granddaughters of María Mantilla, one of the most expensive affections of the leader, who traveled from the US city of Los Angeles, in California .
In their tour of the city, both knew the historical July 26 museum, formerly the second military fortress of the country and paid tribute to the National Hero with flowers before his grave, in addition to verifying in exchange with Santiago intellectuals the news of his heritage .
‘Those who have no faith in their land are men of seven months. Because they lack courage, they deny it to others’, said Martí in his essay ‘Our America’. Once again, the prophecy of his thinking becomes reality.