José Martí rides again in Havana thanks to American donations and a famous statue

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by Mimi Whitefield, from Miami Herald

Jose-MartiA bronze replica of a famous statue of José Martí that has graced New York’s Central Park for more than half a century was dedicated to the people of Cuba just as the sun cast a rosy glow over Havana on Sunday morning, the 165th anniversary of the Cuban patriot’s birth.

Cuban leader Raul Castro attended the brief dawn ceremony at the 13 de Marzo park but did not speak. The current tense relationship between the United States and Cuba was not mentioned in remarks by Eusebio Leal, the historian of the City of Havana, nor by Joseph Mizzi, chairman of the board of trustees of the Bronx Museum of the Arts, which led a $2.5 million fundraising campaign to make the statue.

The project, which began under the rapprochement with Cuba during the Obama administration, was made possible by donations both large and small by the American people.

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