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Roland M. Manteiga

January 16, 1920 – September 25, 1998

 
 
Roland M. Manteiga Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, circa December 2005
1. Roland M. Manteiga Marker
Inscription. Roland Manteiga chronicled events and politics that shaped Tampa and Ybor city and championed human rights for more than 40 years through his weekly column “As we heard it.” From his private table at La Tropicana Restaurant, where he broke bread with presidents and locals alike, this formidable owner and publisher of La Gaceta newspaper served as a conduit between power brokers and the powerless. As the conscience of the community, Manteiga became a legend in his own time.
 
Erected 2003 by Mayor Dick Greco and the Mayor’s Hipanic Advisory Council, City of Tampa.
 
Location. 27° 57.624′ N, 82° 26.504′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on East 7th Avenue (County Road 574) near North 16th Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is located in Tampa's Ybor City Historic District, in the vicinity of the Centro Ybor retail and entertainment complex. It is accompanied by a cast bronze statue of Manteiga standing in a life-like pose reading a newspaper, with his back leaning against the old Centro Español building (upon which the historic marker itself is mounted). Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33605, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Roland M. Manteiga Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, May 12, 2010
2. Roland M. Manteiga Marker
The building upon which Roland M. Manteiga's marker and sculpture are mounted is itself designated a National Historic Landmark by the Department of the Interior. El Centro Español de Tampa was the first of the great mutual aid societies of Ybor City, and the subject of its own historical marker, seen here to the right of Manteiga's.
markers are within walking distance of this marker. Centro Español de Tampa (a few steps from this marker); Vicente Martinez-Ybor (a few steps from this marker); B.F. Marcos Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First Ybor City Railroad Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Birth Of Ybor City (about 400 feet away); Hotel De La Havana (about 400 feet away); Orestes Ferrara (about 500 feet away); Tampa's Oldest Restaurant (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Tampa.
 
More about this marker. The City of Tampa commissioned local artist Steven Dickie to create the statue of Roland Manteiga. Several other sculptures by Dickie can be found elsewhere in Ybor City, including the Immigrant Statue at Ybor Centennial Park (see photo below). The grand unveiling of the statue and historical marker took place on January 17, 2003.
 
Regarding Roland M. Manteiga. Roland Manteiga was a well-known Editor and Publisher of La Gaceta newspaper. Born and raised in Tampa, Manteiga grew up in the newspaper business since La Gaceta was founded in 1922 by his father Victoriano Mantegia, a Cuban immigrant. La Gaceta is the only tri-lingual newspaper in the nation (English, Spanish and Italian).
 
Related marker.
Roland M. Manteiga image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, December 2005
3. Roland M. Manteiga
Artist: Steve Dickey
Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. see the relationship with marker shown.
 
Also see . . .  Biography of Roland Manteiga at La Gaceta. Bio page at the website of his family's newspaper (still published weekly by the 3rd generation of Manteigas in English, Italian, and Spanish) (Submitted on August 2, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Ybor City
Disastrous Ybor fires led to modern department - fires have taken their toll on Ybor since its beginnings.
    — Submitted January 1, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

2. Manteiga
He was a well-known Editor and Publisher of La Gaceta newspaper. Born and raised in Tampa, Manteiga grew up in the newspaper business since La Gaceta was founded in 1922 by his father Victoriano Mantegia, a Cuban immigrant. La Gaceta is the only tri-lingual newspaper in the nation (English, Spanish and Italian).
    — Submitted January 1, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

 
Categories. CommunicationsHispanic AmericansNotable PersonsPolitics
 
<i>La Gaceta</i> image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, June 18, 2011
4. La Gaceta
Roland Manteiga's newspaper, La Gaceta is still published in English, Spanish, and Italian from this 7th Avenue building in the old Gary community (see "Gary" historical marker) of Tampa's East Ybor Historic neighborhood. Today, the paper remains a family business, with Roland's son Patrick as editor. Displayed on the exterior walls are pictures of Ybor landmarks, including El Circulo Cubano (left) and El Centro Español (right), the same building upon which is now installed the Roland M. Manteiga sculpture and historical marker.
Ybor City...( Here the The Movie Complex ,plus ) image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, December 2005
5. Ybor City...( Here the The Movie Complex ,plus )
- Holds much more than nightlife for those prepared to delve into its rich history. As cultures combined Cigar City was born. See how Ybor became Ybor and why it remains one of the most unique places in America.
"La Joven Francesa Bakery" image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, December 2005
6. "La Joven Francesa Bakery"
"Francisco Ferlita, a native of Santo Stefano, Sicily, established a bakery on this site in 1896. Bread sold for three cents and five cents, and often on credit. In 1922, the wooden structure was destroyed by fire, and a yellow brick building was built around the remaining old red brick ovens. Ferlita died in 1931, and his five sons Stephen, Angelo, Joe, Tony and John continued making Cuban bread until 1973. At the peak of production, 35,000 loaves of Cuban bread were produced weekly."
At Centennial Park... Immigrant Statue image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, December 2005
7. At Centennial Park... Immigrant Statue
Dedicated May 31,1992 "To Those Courageous Men and Woman who came to this country in search of personal freedom, economic opportunity and a future of hope for their familes"
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,991 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.   3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.   5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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