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Who Is That Man, Anyway?
Subject: Cuban American Friendship Urn
Location: Potomac Park
( 14th Street & Ohio Drive )
Also called the "Maine Memorial", this memorial is the winner of the "Most Obscure Memorial in Washington DC" contest. Its location is out of the way; the main dedicatory plaque is difficult to see, has small print, and is located eight feet off the ground; and, having climbed up the sides of the memorial to read the plaques, one discovers they are written in Spanish.
The marble urn on top once stood atop a column of marble in Havana, Cuba, to commemorate the sailors who lost their lives aboard the U.S.S. Maine and the friendship and bonds between Cuba and the United States. A hurricane in October 1926 knocked the marble column over and the urn was added to this marble plinth and sent to the United States.
For a number of years it stood outside the Cuban Embassy; then, when relations between the U.S. and Cuba deteriorated, the memorial was moved to this location.
Photos and text copyright © 2001 Jean K. Rosales and Michael R. Jobe, All Rights Reserved
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