Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
La Casa de Pedroso
— [The Pedroso House] —
Siempre que aqui se hospedara Marti desplegabase en la fachada la bandera de la naciente Republica Cubana. De noche grupos de Cubanos se congregaban frente a la casita para observar al Apostol a traves de las ventanas. La habitacion de Marti permanecia alumbrada hasta altas horas y a veces en el silencio se podia escuchar el rascar de su pluma. Cualquier intruso hubiera hallado alli en guardia a Ruperto el esposo de Paulina.
Paulina Pedroso was a distinguished Cuban patriot. After the attack on Jose Marti, the Pedroso House became his's refuge.
Whenever Marti stayed here, the flag of the young Cuban Republic was displayed on the façade. At night, groups of Cubans gathered in front of the small house to observe Marti through the windows. Marti's room remained lit until the wee hours of the night and sometimes when it was very quiet you could here the scratching of his pen. Any intruder would have found Paulina's husband Ruperto on guard.
Erected 2001 by Frente Cubano Unido de Tampa (cortesia de Gonzalez Funeral Home).
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Hispanic Americans • Patriots & Patriotism • Women.
Location. 27° 57.653′ N, 82° 26.715′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East 8th Avenue and North 13th Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker stands inside the Parque Amigos de Jose Marti (English: Friends of Jose Marti Park), a small gated courtyard park enclosed by an iron fence and stone pillars. The park and marker are inside the Ybor City Historic District (a National Historic Landmark District). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named La Casa de Pedroso (here, next to this marker); Antonio Maceo Grajales (a few steps from this marker); Jose Marti (a few steps from this marker); “Cuba” (within shouting distance of this marker); Ybor City's First Fire Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Cradle of Cuban Liberty (within shouting distance of this El Chino — Pajarito Restaurant (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); La Liga Patriotica de Instruccion (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
More about this marker. The granite marker is dated Mayo (English: May) 19, 2001.
The marker sits low to the ground, and is obscured from street view by the park's hedge and fence. It sits adjacent to a 1961 marker by the same Spanish name, but with information written in English.
Regarding La Casa de Pedroso. The Pedroso House itself was razed sometime prior to 1960, when the Parque Amigos de Jose Marti was dedicated. The owners of the Pedroso House deeded the property as a park to the nation of Cuba. Today, the lot where the Pedroso House once stood remains officially the property of the Republic of Cuba, and contains soil brought from each of the island's provinces.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. English translation of marker.
Additional keywords. Parque Amigos, Ybor City Historic District
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,447 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 16, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.