FL-1003 Orestes Ferrara


Cuban patriots used this corner for street meetings in 1895. Among the speakers was Orestes Ferrara young Italian revolutionary in his Garibaldi red shirt. Ferrara stirred the Cuban exiles to fighting frenzy against Spanish oppression.

The young Italian joined a Tampa expedition to Cuba and became a celebrated guerrilla under Gen. Maximo Gomez with the birth of the Cuban Republic. Ferrara rose to high office as lawyer, author, President of the Cuban Senate, Secretary of State and Cuban Ambassador to the United States.

Erected by Tampa Soap Corporation, 1962

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