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Mariana Grajales: the woman who has touched my heart

By Loipa Araújo Hernández / Radio Cadena Agramonte.

How not to remember this November 27 who Mariana Grajales was! How can we not pay tribute to the patriot from Santiago who gave birth to heroes, defenders of the freedom of Cuba, formed in the family with full conviction of absolute commitment to the principles of independence!

On a day like today, but in 1893, the mother of the Maceos passed away, an example of dignity for so many Cuban women that we feel guided by her ancestry in raising our children.

We will surely be training men with dignity, capable of defending the land that gave them birth at any cost; men like the ones this Island is used to seeing grow; men of the stature of Los Grajales.

And it is that when we talk about Mariana, Cuban history immediately refers us to the courageous woman who made her children swear that they would fight for their country unconditionally.

She did not hesitate for a moment to put all her strength and the support of her family to strip Cuba of the chains to which it was subjected.

The insurrectionary outbreak of October 10, 1868, led by Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, marked a great commitment for his descendants.

On one occasion when Antonio Maceo was seriously injured and many women were crying around him, she told them: "I don't want tears!" and to Marcos, the youngest of his children, he said: "Get up, it's time for you to go to camp!"

The validity of Mariana Grajales multiplies in each of the Cuban mothers who today continue her legacy by assuming different roles in society: teachers, doctors, scientists, peasant women, artists, housewives.

Every November 27 in Cuba, Mariana Grajales Cuello is remembered and paid tribute; especially the women, faithful followers of the legacy of whom José Martí, the Apostle of Independence, described as "the woman who has most touched my heart." (Photo: File)