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Finding Guide: Romero Family Papers Regarding José Martí
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Title: Newspaper clipping, “Romero family has its very own hero,” The Daily Independent, includes photocopies of photo of monument in Echo Park and news article.
Physical Description: Archival
Language: Spanish
Donor: Romero, Eduardo S. ( donor )
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Folder: 51
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Source Institution: University of Florida
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CUBAN PATRIOT. Jose Marti hias been honiored ~i'ith~ a Statue recently:;
placed in Ecj~ho Park. Marti is the grandfather of actorCedsar Romero and
the greaigrandfather of the photographer who took this picture.
`i i --Photo py Ma~rtiamero"N


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Ridgecrest, Calif., Wed., Mar. .24, 1976


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I It is, not often that one -has the
unique experince, of attending the
idedicqtto and .unvelling of a
monurment to one's grandtrhr or
gr eat grandfather. In fact, hardly
ever; particularlyy so in these days
when contemporary national heroes
are likely! to find themselves awash in
mud. This was, however, the recent
experience of the Eduardo Romero
family of China Lake.
Romero, his' wife Gean and their
daughters Vicki and Marti recently
Saccomparnied Romero's actor brother
;;Cesar Rhapero and sisters Grace and
I: iaria to.E~cho Park in Los Angeles,
'where they- attended dedication
Ceremonies of a monument to
1- Romero's grandfather. and .Marti
'; Romero's great grandfather and
Snamesake, Cuban patriot Jose Mal'ti.
On January 27, the 123rd birthday of.
this 'illstrides gr~andflither, Cesar
Romero unvrelled an imposing, larger
. than life bronze bust mounted on a
Marble pedestal. The ceremony was
attended by City Councilmen John
SFerraro, Art Snyder, Gilbert Lindsay,
and several hundred enthusiastic
members of the area's Cuban
Residents, most of whom are refugees
from Castro's communist regime-
Dedication of the bust, which was
sculpted by Sergio Lopez-Mesa, of San
Pedro,. culminated a four-year drive
by Pationato Marti, a dedicated
groupp of Cubans led by Dr. Cupertina
iiMartin, who set out to pay homage to
the revered leader of the Cuban
revolution of the 1890's.
Josie Martl is little known in Am-
:erican history, but as the father of
Cuban independence and freedom he
Blooms so large in the history of all
Latin America that it wais written of
him: "If ohe were to pick any one man
to represent the spirit of Latin
America, it would be Marti." M~rarti
Swas a man of great intellect and
beauty ofr koul. He was, at once, a
teacher,' a poet,' a journalist, an
~.author, an orator, and a patriot.
Today, despite Castro, he continues ~to


be revered in Cuba as Cuba's greatest
national hero and ~"Apostle of~.
Fredom."
Marti, who was born in Haivana in:
1853, spent most of his lfe In exile,
away from his beloved Cuba. As a 16
year old student he published one
issue of a little paper in which he'
espoused the cause of Cuban freedom
from Spain, and became a political
prisoner of the Spanish regime.
Sentenced to the "whffite hell" of the
limestone quarries he was early
worked to death before being exiled to
Spain, where he completed his stuadies
at the University of Madrid. Unable to
return to Cuba, he lived ~inl 1 exco,
Guatemala, and Venezuela before
settling in New York City, where he
remained for rinost of the last thfird of
his life, and where Romero's mother
was born? .
The story of Marti's career makes a -
heroic chapter in Latin Amnerican
history. The Cuban revolution, which
'culminated in the liberation of Cuba
from Spain, was largely prepared by
Marti's devoted and brilliant work,
and was financed in great part by
Cuban cigar makers in the United
States. Of all the Americas, Marti
once said, only in the United States did
he find the freedom to speak and
lecture in the cause of Cuban liberty.
His sincere and complete respect and
love for human worth was perhaps the
greatest factor in solving the race-
relations problem in Cuba alnd other
Latin American countries. His
revolutionn without hatred," and his
concept of hemispheric solidarity and
interdependence influenced all Latin
American thinkers and writers of
importance and quite likely many
In the United States since, as essayist
.and poet, he became a familiar figure
in the literary life of New York in the
1980s9 and 90s; the friend of Whitman
;and Dana of the Sun, among others.
Martin was selected by~ the Cubans to
be the first Prealdent of a free Cuba,
but did unt live to see the fruition of his
dreams. In 1895, when be was only 42 .
years old, his lifetime of planning was
put into action. The revolution-whrtich
freed Cuba from the Spanish yoke
began, and Mlarti immediately
returned to his native land. He had
often said, that he could not ask his
""r'ieia~ndirndicuntymestor~a their.
liveshi te cause of fi~eedom wh~ile he-
sat back in saf'etyr Thus, although a
civilian and a thinker, not a1 soldier, he
mounted his horse 'and rode into
battle. In May 1895 he was killed by a
Spanish birllet.
Today Jose Marti lives in the hearts
of all Cubans.. He lives today in our
Contemporary music as well, for one
of.his poems has been set to music,
and we hear it all over the land hi th~e
lyrles to the song, "Guantanaur i







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it very' own hro;


It is;not often that one has the
unique ,axerince of attending s the
.dedication and unveiling of a
monument to one's grandfather' or
Great grandfather. In fact, hardly
ever; particularly sp in these days
when contemporary national heroes
Share likeljr to find themselves awash in
mud. This was, however, the recent
experierfee ~of the Eduardo Romero
family of China Lake.
Romero, his wife Gean; and their
daughters Vicki and Marti recently
accompanied Romero's actor brother
Cesar Romero and sisters Grace and
Maria to Echo Park in Isos Angeles,
~where they attended dedication
Ceremonies of a monument to
'.Romero'a grandfather and .Marti
Romero's great grandfather and
Namesake, Cuban patriot Jose Martl.
On January 27, the 123rd birthday of
:lhis Illustrious grandfather, Cesar
Romero unveiled an imposing, larger
than~ lifebrone but montedona
marblebe pedestal. The ceremony was
attended by City Councilmen John
SFerraro, Art Snyder, Gilbert 11ndsays
and several. hundr~d ; enthusiastic
members of ~the .area's Cuba4
residents, most of whom are refugees
from Castro's communist regime,
Dedication of the bust, which was
sculpted by Sergiola~pez-Mesa, of San
Pedro, cutlmnated a four-year drive
fl ~ y Patronato Marti, a dedicated
:B: rop"ubssep ofCubasldb Cpertina
Martn, whq set out to pay homage to
Sthe revered leader of~ the Cuban
revolutionsn of the 1890's,
S'Jobs Math is little known in Am-
ferican hiistory, lmrt as the father of
-Cuban independence and freedom he
loomw~s o large in the history of all
:1Latin Amer~ica thp(j !it as: written of
: him: '"If one w~etrepickany ene knan
to represent the 'spirit lof Latin
.America, it would be: bMar." Marti
was a. man of great intellect 'and
..beauty of*thul. He was, at 'once, a
teacher, a poet,,, a :journalist, i an
author, hn 'orator, and "a patriot:
Today, despite Castro, he continues to

Wan'~r t ed: reva~sed ::

bir~thd~a lists
Thea IDilyr Independe~nt Is up-
dating Its birthday lists and
would. epp~reciate organizations
sending in new lists.
individfuals are inlvited to send
In Birthday dates of friends and
realaives.
The. Daily indqPlndent thanks
everyone for their cooperation,
Fqr more~ infrorppe!~n, soct
Vivis~p Bg,~ouittiinghotij se)
Wyfi editor,. .,


be revered in Cuba as Cuba's greatest
:national hero and '"'Apostle of
~Freedom."
.:Marti, who was born in Havana in
1853, spent most of his life in exile,
away from his beloved Cuba, As a 16
year old student be published .one
issue of a little paper in which he
espoused the cause of Cuban freedom
from Spain, and became a political
prisoner of the, Spanish regime..
Sentenced to the "white hell" of the .,
limestone quarries he was nearly
worked to death before being exiled to
Spain, where he completed his studies
ht t a e UJniversity of Madrid. Unable to I:i


return to Cuba, }te lived in M~exco,
Guatemala, and .Venezuela before ',
settling in New York~ City, where he
Remained for rinost of the last third of
his lfe, and whe~ere Rmeo' mother f
was born.' ..'' "*
SThe story of Marti's career makes a'
heroes chapter in Latin American,
history. The Cuban revolution, which
culminated in the liberation of Cuba
from Spain, was largely prepared by
Marti's devoted and brimlart work, ~i
and was financed in great part by r
Cuban~ cigar makers in the United
States. Of all the Americas, Marti.'
Sonce said, only in the United States did
he find the freedom to speak and .
lecturee in the cause of Cuban liberty.
His sincere and complete respect pnd
love for human worth was perhaps the.
. greatest factor in solving the race-.
relations problem in Cuba anld other '~
SLatin American' countries. 'His
S"revolhtfon without hatred,".and his
concept of hemispheric solidarity and ;~
interdependence influenced all latin'
American' thinkers and writers of
. importance and quite likely many
hi the United States since, as essayist
.. and poet, he became p familiar figure ,:
in the literary: life of New York in the
1980s and 90s; the frend of Whitan
and Dana of the Sun, among others. ~i
Marti was slted ythe~ubansyo ~
bei the first President of a free Cuba~,
buit did not live to see the fruition of his
dr~eams. In 1895, when he was only 42
Years old, his lifetime of planning was
put into action. The revolution which :
freed Cuba from the Spanish yoke
began, and Ma~rt immediately:
returned to his nptlye; land. He had
often said that he' could not askt his
friends and couantrymen to risk their
Lives in the cause of freedom wh~iile he
sat back in safety. Thus, although a
civilian and athinkier,niot soldier, he
:inoubted hizi horse and rode into
battlele Ihn Ma~y 1891) be was killed by a
:iSpjanisih bullet.
Today Jose Marti lives in the hearts
Sof all Cubans. He lives today in our
contemporary music as well, for one
.of his poems has beep set to muisic,
asnd wie hear it all over the land ini th'e~
tyie ls to he song, "Guanntanamera~i'