Photographer's Note

José Julián Martí Pérez (January 28, 1853 – May 19, 1895) is a Cuban national hero and an important figure in Latin American literature. In his short life, he was a poet, an essayist, a journalist, a revolutionary philosopher, a translator, a professor, a publisher, a Freemason, and a political theorist, and supporter of Henry George's economic reforms known as Georgism. Through his writings and political activity, he became a symbol for Cuba's bid for independence against Spain in the 19th century, and is referred to as the "Apostle of Cuban Independence." He also wrote about the threat of Spanish and US expansionism into Cuba. From adolescence, he dedicated his life to the promotion of liberty, political independence for Cuba, and intellectual independence for all Spanish Americans; his death was used as a cry for Cuban independence from Spain by both the Cuban revolutionaries and those Cubans previously reluctant to start a revolt.
He died during some fighting in Dos Rios. After his death, his compatriots continued their war against the Spanish, but the country did not achieve its independence until years later.

In Cuba, you can see Jose Marti everywhere, the portraits, small sculptures and also big and very big monuments. School have the name of Jose Marti, and the main squares also.
Here is his mausoleum on the cemetery of Santa Ifigenia in Santiago de Cuba. In Workshop photos you can see the view of the Mausoleum with some people waiting for the changing guard. A round-the-clock guard of the mausoleum is changed, amid much pomp and ceremony, every 30 minutes.

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The view of the mausoleum

Changing the guard

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