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Posted April 30, 2008 by publisher in Cuban Architecture

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Email from a Havana Journal reader, posted with permission.

I saw your posting showing the memorial of the Maine in NYC and it reminded me of a beautiful statue I saw in Havana just this year.

As a Cuban-American I am delighted when I unexpectedly come across signs of Cuba in this country, for instance the statue of Marti in the Parque de Marti in Tampa, Florida. 

Well I was even more delighted when driving up Avenida de los Presidentes in Havana and passing by a statue of Lincoln in front of a house in Havana.  I had my uncle turn his 54 Dodge around and come up the block so I could get a better look of this statue.  Well, it turns out its a foreign language school called the Abraham Lincoln Escuela de Idiomas with a most beautiful statue of Lincoln standing in front of a chair. 

It made me feel proud as an American seeing Lincoln there in Cuba and as a Cuban proud that even under the current politcal system there that they have left this statue in it’s place.

I am attaching pictures of this statue for you to enjoy.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on May 01, 2008 by J. Perez

    If you can recall please tell me what is the cross St. with Avenida de los Presidentes, I’d like to take a look at it next time I’m down there. Thks.


  2. Follow up post #2 added on May 01, 2008 by vivian

    The Abraham Lincoln School is located between 17th & 19th on the west side of the street on avenida de los Presidentes.


  3. Follow up post #3 added on May 01, 2008 by J. Perez

    Thks for the info, I know exactly where that is, I also believe that was the location of the old Baldor school. I grew up in that neighborhood.


  4. Follow up post #4 added on May 01, 2008 by vivian

    That street is actually very beautiful.  I could just imagine how gorgeous the neighborhood looked decades ago.  Have you been back since you left?  You might try and zoom in on it on google maps and see how it looks now.


    http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=23.137982,-82.389902&spn=0.018706,0.029011&t=h&z=15


  5. Follow up post #5 added on May 01, 2008 by J. Perez

    It is indeed very beautiful and it actually has changed very little except for the deterioration of some of the buildings. Yes I’ve been back a few times and hope to go this year again. My favorite hotel in Habana is the Presidente at Avenida de los Presidentes y Calzada it is a beautiful art deco building with glorious interiors and patio.


  6. Follow up post #6 added on May 02, 2008 by hans

    Just shows the respect this Cuban government has for others. Can you imagine a statue of Fidel in New York or Washington ? This just shows the greatness of Fidel.


  7. Follow up post #7 added on May 02, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Please let’s not compare Castro to Lincoln. Lincoln freed the slaves. Castro freed his people from Batista then enslaved them himself.

    BIG difference.



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  8. Follow up post #8 added on May 02, 2008 by vivian

    LETS KEEP FIDEL OUT OF THIS PLEEEEASE!!!!  THIS IS A POSTING ABOUT A STATUE OF LINCOLN NOT ABOUT WHO FREED THE SLAVES NOR WHO ENSLAVED THEM.

    LETS TRY AND HAVE THIS POSTING BE A “NEAUTRAL” ONE.


  9. Follow up post #9 added on May 02, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I agree but I felt compelled to reply to “the greatness of Fidel” comment.



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  10. Follow up post #10 added on May 02, 2008 by vivian

    Ditto Kiddo


  11. Follow up post #11 added on June 26, 2008 by DWiegs

    This statue is a small version of a much larger statue of Lincoln by the noted sculptor Augustus Sainte Gaudens. The original is in Lincoln Park in Chicago and is entitled “Lincoln, the Man”.


  12. Follow up post #12 added on June 27, 2008 by edward with 65 total posts

    I agree, it’s beautiful and well played for commissioning and erecting such a fine piece of work. Regarding freedom from slavery, I’m a slave to money, is anyone else out there feeling the same way?


  13. Follow up post #13 added on January 19, 2009 by hans

    Didn’t know you could think. You make me proud.


  14. Follow up post #14 added on January 19, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Sorry everybody.

    Felipe has been banned.



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  15. Follow up post #15 added on March 26, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    comments closed.



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