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Statue of Abraham Lincoln in Havana Cuba

Posted April 30, 2008 by publisher in Cuba Culture.
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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.

Member Comments

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On May 01, 2008, J. Perez wrote:

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.

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On May 01, 2008, vivian wrote:

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

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On May 01, 2008, J. Perez wrote:

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.

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On May 01, 2008, vivian wrote:

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

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On May 01, 2008, J. Perez wrote:

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.

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On May 02, 2008, hans wrote:

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.

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On May 02, 2008, publisher wrote:

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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On May 02, 2008, vivian wrote:

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.

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On May 02, 2008, publisher wrote:

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

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On May 02, 2008, vivian wrote:

Ditto Kiddo

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On June 26, 2008, DWiegs wrote:

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”.

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On June 27, 2008, edward wrote:

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?

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On January 19, 2009, hans wrote:

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

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On January 19, 2009, publisher wrote:

Sorry everybody.

Felipe has been banned.

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On March 26, 2009, publisher wrote:

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