One Hundred Twenty Years of the Independence War to be Marked

Matanzas, Cuba, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) A transitory exhibition to mark the start of the last War of Independence (1895-1898), organized by Cuban national hero Jose Marti will include here family donations and patrimonial contributions.

Titled the War of 1895 in Matanzas, 120th anniversary, the simple will show pieces of private collections from a dozen héroes of this province who fougjht against the Spanish Crown.

La exhibition will open on February 20 and will have as venue the Museum Junco Palace of this western city, located some 100 kilometers east of Havana.

Historian Faustino Gómez indicated the exhibition will include representative material evidence chosen for the occasion, from participants in the epic action.

The revolt was summoned by the Cuban Revolutionary Party (PRC) for the 24th of February, 1895, simultaneously throughout the nation, but only the eastern provinces and Matanzas carried out actions on that day.

A group of 20 men were in Ibarra, in the outskirts of this city, commanded by Juan Gualberto Gomez, personal friend of Marti and representative in Cuba of the PRC, but they were dispersed and some of them captured.

There were also actions in the ranch La Sirena, in the Jaguey Grande municipality, south of the Matanzas territory, where a contingent of 50 men took up arms commanded by Martin Marrero.

That group battled and was victorious against Spanish troops in the zone of Palmar Bonito, part of the jagüey region.


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