Moa boasts of an amazing history, of legendary men that made their way and today deserve a space in the country's identity. November 7th, 1939 marked the foundation of that Cuban city because a sawmill started operating then, thus planting the seed of the town to grow; and there was a man who worked there and made significant contributions to the local culture, we mean Jamaican John Alexander Christie Duccas.
It is that he not alone built the first school in Moa, but also paid the teacher with his money.
Duccas contributed and collaborated with the construction of the place's first baseball ballpark, and created the first technical school in town, where good mechanics were trained.
One of Duccas' sons followed his father's example by taking such experience to the city of Baracoa, what they appreciated in the first village ever founded by Spanish colonizers in Cuba.
John Alexander Christie Duccas had a direct participation in visits to Moa by important personalities like Father Enrique Perez Cerantes, and played a significant contribution to building the first church in town, in order to bring residents closer, as they used to fight too often.
He opened a school for the workers to learn how to read and write, and his direct collaboration in the construction and establishment the Cross at Los Loros Bridge was indeed valuable, which became the first cultural symbol in Moa.
He took to Baracoa the first hydroplane, which he himself piloted, and collaborated with the "26 de Julio Movement," which fought the tyranny of Fulgencio Batista.
In fact his pupils manufactured a tank nicknamed Trojan horse, which played a decisive role in the attack and seize of the town of Sagua de Tanamo by the Rebel Army, commanded by Fidel Castro Ruz. / By Maria Esther Pupo Hechavarria - based on the archives of Pablo Velazco Mir / Translated by Radio Angulo.