The Corner of De-Colonization

In Old Havana, there is a little known corner called “la esquina de descolonización,”on the corner of Morro and Colon. This corner is a subtle memorial located directly across from the bigger, louder monument of the Granma yacht near the Museum of the Revolution. This Corner of De-Colonization memorializes the death of five of the Abakua Brotherhood who attempted to save the eight medical students who were unjustly killed by the Spanish military in November 1871. How many stories like these have been left out of Cuban history? Each year since 2006, on November 27th, a parade is held, beginning at this corner, to celebrate the memory of the Abakua Martyrs. This corner was brought to my attention on a day in late January by two local activists who write for the Havana Times who I was hanging out with. Later in the week I brought Noel to show him and he said he’d never seen it or heard of it before. It is interesting to me how some history is overshadowed, like the story of the Abakua five, and only kept alive by the collective memory of residents, while other history like the voyage of the Granma in 1956 is given a huge place in history.

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“To the five anonymous Abakua who died trying to rescue the medical students.”
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Abakua Brotherhood symbolism
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“To clean away the tenacious scab of colonial slavery.”
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The whole Memorial
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