UCI students pay tribute to the Bronze Titan on his birthday
A group of students from the Introductory Faculty (Fici) of the University of Informatics Sciences (UCI) together with professors from the Antonio Maceo Honorary Cathedra visited the mausoleum located in San Pedro on the morning of 14 June.
On this day, the 17th anniversary of the birth of the Bronze Titan, our University wanted to pay tribute to this great man who fought tirelessly to see his country free of lackeys.
In the historical site, where the Major General of the Liberator Antonio Maceo Grajales Army fell in combat, the visitors were received by Solanger Salazar Viamontes, director of the mausoleum, and by Luis García Varona, historian and museologist of the place.
There they heard an extensive explanation from the historian about the events that occurred on December 7, 1896 when Maceo's troops were ambushed by a group of soldiers from the Spanish army who attacked them by surprise and caused a fatal bullet wound to his face, piercing his carotid artery, and together with another that he received in the thorax calmed the life of the second chief of the Liberation Army.
They also learned details of the circumstances of the death of his assistant Panchito Gómez Toro, who despite of being wounded and unarmed tried to help to rescue the body of his boss.
There is also a group of sculptural works made of stone on the site that enhance and give more staging to the place.
Visitors were also told how a group of 19 brave men, led by Juan Delgado, were able to recover the bodies and move them to the El Cacahual farm, where they were secretly buried. Years later, a monumental complex was built that was inaugurated on December 7, 1900 and since then its raison d'être has been to honor the memory of the two brave Cuban warriors.
The mausoleum of San Pedro is, without a doubt, a place to remember the bravery of the members of our Liberation Army and the events that took place in the struggle for Cuba's independence.