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In photos: New York gifts Jose Marti statue to Cuba, with typos

The gift of international friendship by the Bronx Museum in New York was unveiled last Friday in Havana where a sharp eye spotted a couple of Spanish typos on the inscription under the 16-foot bronze statue. The work is a replica of a statue that portrays Marti, wounded, on a rearing horse in New York’s Central Park. It was funded with a $2.5 million campaign by the Bronx Museum in New York.
23 Oct 2017 – 03:37 PM EDT
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Cuba unveiled a statue of independence hero Jose Marti Oct 20, donated by the Bronx Museum of the Arts in a gesture of international friendship that comes at a low point in relations between the two countries. Crédito: Reuters
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The original statue, sculpted by U.S. artist Anna Hyatt Huntington, stands at the south entrance to New York City’s Central Park on the Avenue of Americas. It was unveiled May 18 1965. In this photo the sculptor receives the city medallion from Richard C. Patterson Jr., commissioner of public events for New York City. (AP Photo)
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The plaque on the replica contains two typographical errors, spotted by Yoani Sanchez, founder of 14ymedio website in Cuba. The word "nacio" (born) should have an accent on the o not the i, and the word "cuidad" (city) is miss-spelled. It should be "ciudad." Photo courtesy of 14ymedio. Crédito: Courtesy of 14 y Medio
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The 16-foot bronze statue is a replica of one that portrays Marti, wounded, on a rearing horse in New York’s Central Park. It was funded with a $2.5 million campaign by the Bronx Museum and arrived in Cuba on Oct. 3. Crédito: Ramon Espinosa/Ap
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Cuba says it will officially inaugurate the statue on Jan. 28 when it marks the 165th anniversary of Marti’s birth. Seen here before it was shipped to Cuba. Photo from @DPRCubaOnu
Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal, Deputy Permanent Representative of Cuba to the UN. @DPRCubaOnu
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Marti was fatally shot in 1895 as he fought to win Cuban independence from Spain. He is perhaps the most sacrosanct figure in Cuban history, respected for his eloquent poetry and essays and his sacrifice for Cuban independence. He also spent 15 years in exile in the United States, mostly in New York, making him a potent symbol of U.S./Cuban relations.
Crédito: Ernesto Mastrascusa/EFE
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The statue was set on a black marble base outside the Museum of the Revolution, facing out toward the Bay of Havana. Ernesto Mastrascusa/EFE
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The statue arrived in Cuba Oct 3. The campaign to send the replica statue was launched at the height of the warming between the U.S. and Cuba that began under President Barack Obama in December 2014. Relations have plummeted since the election of President Donald Trump, who has pledged to re-impose strict limits on U.S. travel to Cuba and has cut staffing of the U.S. Embassy here by more than half. @DPRCubaOnu
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The bronze replica was donated by the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Seen here before it was shipped to Cuba. Photo from @DPRCubaOnu
Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal Deputy Permanent Representative of Cuba to the UN @DPRCubaOnu
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Eusebio Leal, Havana’s city historian, presented the statue to the local and international press in a preview ahead of its formal January inauguration. “What meaning does it have? It reaffirms that, leaving aside deviations, beyond erratic policies, beyond those who try to destroy bridges and destroy the communication that exists between the nations and between men, (there is the belief that) respect for the rights of others means peace.” Ernesto Mastrascusa/EFE
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