Washington, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) National Hero Jose Marti is welcoming everyone who visits the Cuban Embassy in Washington, where a life-size bronze statue of him was unveiled on Monday.
The artwork, created by Jose Villa Soberon, winner of the National Plastic Arts Award in Cuba, is inspired in one of few photos in which the Cuban pro-independence leader (1853-1895) is standing.
It is a reflexive and worried Marti, a Marti who is trying to understand a reality in order to change it later. As of today, he will accompany us forever, Cuban Ambassador to the United States Jose Ramon Cabañas said on Monday.
According to the diplomat, the hero reflected in the statue is the one who devoted to organizing the war against the Spanish rule among Cuban cigar rollers in Ybor City, in the southern US city of Tampa, the one who walked in Jamaica or came to Washington DC in 1891.
Cabañas pointed out that the inauguration of the statue, cast by the artist Lazaro Valdes and his team from Asubronze in Miami, Florida, coincides with the 130th anniversary of the first edition of La Edad de Oro (The Golden Age), a publication that Marti dedicated to the new generations.
He noted that on July 1, 2015, after exchanging letters, the governments of Cuba and the United States announced the reestablishment of diplomatic relations, which became effective on July 20, 2015, when the embassy was reopened.
Unveiling the statue, which Cabañas described as a dream of several years and several generations, also coincides with the 100th anniversary in 2019 of the Cuban Embassy in Washington and the 60 years of the Cuban Revolution and the visit to the diplomatic mission by its historic leader, Fidel Castro.
Cheryl LaBash, co-director of the National Network of Solidarity with Cuba, noted the importance of having the hero’s figure on 16th Street in this capital, and considered it a new success for Cuba’s friends.
Aisha Cort, a professor of Cuban origin at the University of Howard, noted that Marti is a synonym of the Cuban people and a symbol that unifies people from the Caribbean island anywhere in the world.
In statements to Prensa Latina, Cort said that it is a very special time, because Marti is a link between Cuba and the United States, and an iconic figure for the Cuban community that resides here.
He was impressive, he was a writer, a journalist, an activist, he did so many things not only for Cuba, but also for Latin America, that you need to know him and learn about his legacy, she noted.