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Saturday, June 26, 2010
A Landmark Survives in Jaronú, Northern Camagüey
By Rolando Sarmiento Ricart / Photos: Otilio Rivero Delgado
Eighty nine years have passed but beauty never vanishes when it takes its roots; and Jaronú, a village located in Esmeralda, some 94 kilometers north of Camagüey, dresses up in all its finery, for it is going to be proclaimed Cuba’s National Monument in July.
Those who were born or have visited this bucolic place never forget its park beating in the heart of a village which streets layout seems to be perfect. The lines of Cuban Royal Palms, the colorful gardens, the church and its clock, the fountain with its colorful carps and floating irises are unforgettable.
In spite of long-lasting drought, a green natural carpet reveals how Jaronú residents are working har to recover this village, now declared National Monument. The church stands behind us as a witness of how much effort the villagers are doing.
New generations are striving not only for preserving the original layout of this sugar workers' village, but also for it can be more functional and beautiful, and all its residents can enjoy it, as it has happened since the triumph of the Revolution, regardless of their socioeconomic background.
Facts speak for themselves, political and governmental authorities along with officials of the Ministry of Sugar in Camagüey have shown great concern in rescuing not only the tangible assets, but also the history of farmers and workers in their struggle for freedom, the history of strikes, layoffs, evictions; U.S.-sponsored terrorist attacks against the sugar mill which never broke the never-say-die spirit of its residents, plunged now into perpetuating the happy moments. (Translated: Gualveris Rosales)