East Potomac Park in Southwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Cuban Friendship Urn
Smaller plaque on the urn
El recuerdo del “Maine” tendrá eterna duración durante los siglos los lazos de la amistad entre la tierra de Cuba y la tierra de los Estados Unidos de Norte América. —Gerardo Machado
Plaque on urn base
Esta copa fué esculpida de un fragmento de la columna de mármol del monumento a las víctimas del “Maine” ericido en la ciudad de La Habana, cuya columna fué derribada por el ciclón de 20 de Octubre de 1926.
The memory of the “Maine” will last forever through the centuries, as will the bonds of friendship between the homeland of Cuba and the homeland of the United States of North America. —Gerardo Machado.
This urn was sculpted from a fragment of the marble column from the Monument to the Victims of the “Maine” erected in the city of Havana. The column was toppled by the October
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, Spanish-American. In addition, it is included in the U.S.S. Maine Memorial Plaques series list. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1939.
Location. 38° 52.712′ N, 77° 2.295′ W. Marker is in Southwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia. It is in East Potomac Park. Marker is on Ohio Drive Southwest, ¼ mile west of Buckeye Drive Southwest, on the right when traveling west. It is at the western edge of the parking lot situated between the two spans of the 14th Street bridge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20242, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Mason (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Forgotten Founder (about 600 feet away); River Bottom to Parkland (approx. ¼ mile away); Thomas Jefferson Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); The Line of Duty (approx. ¼ mile away); Yoshino (approx. ¼ mile away); The Gift of Friendship (approx. 0.3 miles away); Air Mail (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southwest Washington.
More about this marker. President Gerardo Machado of the Republic of Cuba gave the monument to President Calvin Coolidge of the United States of America in 1928 and it was placed in East Potomac Park, in the vicinity of its present location. In 1957 it was removed during the construction of the present 14th Street bridge and forgotten. In 1996 an inquiry to a local newspaper with a photograph of the urn on lying its side in a Park Service storage yard started the rehabilitation of the monument, which was returned to East Potomac Park in 1998.
Also see . . .
1. The Monument to the USS Maine in Havana, Cuba
"On October 20, 1926, a hurricane struck the island. The corinthian columns were toppled and broken, as were the eagle and lintel. In November of the same year, funds were appropriated to repair the monument."
(Submitted on May 23, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. . . . seen a “forgotten” memorial to a friendship on the rocks. 2004 paragraph and photo in the Washington Post. “ The urn, misplaced for almost 50 years after it was moved to make way for the 14th Street bridge, was found in a National Park Service warehouse in 1996.” (Submitted on May 24, 2008.)
1. The Sculptor of this monument?
The sculptor's name is not readily available. But a good guess can be made. The original monument in Havana was designed by Felix Cabarrocas, a Cuban architect, artist and sculptor. As he was involved in the reconstruction of the monument to the Maine in Havana in 1927, from which the piece of marble used to make this urn was taken, its likely that he was involved in
— Submitted November 8, 2013, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.
Additional keywords. Cuban American Friendship Urn, Cuban–American Friendship Urn, Maine Memorial
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2023. It was originally submitted on May 23, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,483 times since then and 14 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week February 15, 2015. Photos: 1. submitted on May 25, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 23, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 6. submitted on November 12, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 7. submitted on January 3, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 8, 9. submitted on November 8, 2013, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.