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Granma's Homage to the Father of the Cuban Nation
Carlos Manuel de Cespedes freed hso slaves on October 10, 1868 and urged them to join the struggle for freedom. Photo archive
The Cuban city of Bayamo is these days paying homage to its most illustrious son, Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, a man that rose in arms against Spanish colonial rule in October 10th, 1868.

Today, 147 years later, as all Cuba remembers the date, all the province of Ganma specially brings back to the present time the event that happened there and marked the beginning of the first Cuban independence war.

Last Tuesday, the conference "Por la ruta del Padre Fundador" (Across the Route of the Father founder) was held in Bayamo, in which they paid tribute to Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, main leader of the event.

Organized by the Carlos Manuel de Cespedes' Birthplace House Museum, the event started with a performance by the community cultural project Guerrilla de Teatreros, which then will act in sites where Cespedes and his men camped from October 10 to 17, 1868.

As part of the homage, the Museum opened last Thursday the travelling exhibit "Cambula participle de la alborada" to pay tribute to Candelaria Acosta Fontaine, the patriot who sewed the flag that was raised in La Demajagua sugar mill, in October 10, 1868.

Yesterday night, the artistic evening "Canto a una nacion que surge" was celebrated, and today workers of the institution placed flowers at the monuments to Cespedes and Perucho Figueredo at the Plaza of the Revolution.

While in Manzanillo, the first Festival of Beginning is running till today in that coastal city that inaugurated its cultural identity Symposium with a lecture by PhD Olga Portuondo, National History Award.

Scheduled from October 4 to 10 October, the festival pays tribute to the Father of the Nation and those who accompanied him at the beginning of the first Cuban war for independence from Spanish colonial chains and against slavery. / By Martin Corona Jerez / Radio Bayamo.

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  • susan

    We had the privilege of visiting this museum in April of 2017. It's always heartening to see celebrated the women who risked-it-all to support the cause of freedom. All visitors to Cuba should make time to visit Bayamo and its fine museum. Be sure to go into the garden area behind the museum: inspirational messages are displayed.