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Constitutional ModernismArchitecture and Civil Society in Cuba, 1933-1959$
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Timothy Hyde

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816678105

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816678105.001.0001

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The Experience of Civic Conscience

The Experience of Civic Conscience

Designs for the Monumento a Martí

(p.213) 7 The Experience of Civic Conscience
Constitutional Modernism

Timothy Hyde

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the design of the Monumento a Martí. The monument was the belated result of Presidential Decree No. 1631 of June 2, 1937, which created the Comisión Central Pro-Monumento a Martí, an appointed body of government, military, and business leaders given responsibility for devising and executing a suitable national commemoration of José Martí. The new Monumento a Martí would be the central focus of the civic square, taking advantage of the rise of the hill amplifying the monument’s effect. The ambition to erect a monument in Havana to the martyred leader of the Cuban independence movement arose as one aspect of the larger deification of José Martí.

Keywords:   Monumento a Martí, Comisión Central Pro-Monumento a Martí, national commemoration, José Martí, Havana, Cuban independence

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