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La Casa de Pedroso

1893

 
 
La Casa de Pedroso Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, June 14, 2010
1. La Casa de Pedroso Marker
In the background to the right stands a statue honoring Cuban poet and patriot, José Martí, and the Cuban flag.
Inscription.   Paulina Pedroso was one of the great women patriots of Cuba. After an attempt on the life of Jose Marti, the Pedroso House became his refuge.

  Whenever Marti stayed here the flag of the budding Republic of Cuba fluttered outside. Evenings, the Cubans formed groups outside the little house to watch the Apostle of Freedom through the windows. Marti's room remained lighted until late at night, and at times, in the silence, the scratching of his pen could be heard. An intruder would have found Ruperto, Paulina's husband, on guard duty.
 
Erected 1961 by The Tribune Company (through a project of the Ybor City Rotary Club).
 
Location. 27° 57.653′ N, 82° 26.715′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is at the intersection of East 8th Avenue and North 13th Street, on the right when traveling east on East 8th Avenue. Touch for map. 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).

The marker is visible from the TECO Line Streetcar
La Casa de Pedroso Markers image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, June 14, 2010
2. La Casa de Pedroso Markers
A newer marker written entirely in Spanish sits below the English-language marker from 1961.
System, which runs along East 8th Avenue, turning south at the corner onto North 13th Street. Across 13th Street from the park the streetcar stops at Cadrecha Plaza Station. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33605, United States of America.
 
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 marker); El Chino — Pajarito Restaurant (within shouting distance of this marker); La Liga Patriotica de Instruccion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
 
More about this marker. The marker is capped with the emblem of the Ybor City Rotary Club, which features the flags of the USA, Cuba, and historical variants of the flags of Italy and Spain, the steamship Hutchinson, and a cigar.

Below the marker sits a separate granite marker of the same name, which is written in Spanish.
 
Regarding La Casa de Pedroso.
El Parque Amigos de Jose Marti image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, June 14, 2010
3. El Parque Amigos de Jose Marti
The marker stands inside the park, to the left of the main gate along East 8th Avenue.
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. Marker translated in Spanish
 
Additional comments.
1. Text of the additional marker in Spanish

La Casa de Pedroso
1893
Paulina Pedroso fue insigne patriota cubana. Tras el atentado contra Jose Marti, la Casa Pedroso se hizo refugio del Apostol.
Siempre que aquí 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 través de las ventanas. La habitación de Marti permanecia alumbrada hasta altas horas y a veces en el silencio se podía escuchar el rascar de su pluma. Cualquier intruso humbiera hallado allí en guardia a Ruperto el esposo de Paulina

Cortesia de Frente Cubano Unido de Tampa
Mayo 19, 2001
    — Submitted August 15, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.

 
Additional keywords. Parque Amigos, Ybor City Historic District
 
Categories. Hispanic AmericansNotable BuildingsNotable PersonsPatriots & Patriotism
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,104 times since then and 62 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.
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