LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Press Release) - - Saturday July 21 at 10:00 a. m. the City of Shively will re-dedicate the bust of Cuban Freedom Fighter Jose’ Marti.
The bust was presented to the Jefferson County Youth Ambassadors after they visited the Island of Cuba in 1955. During the visit then General Batista presented the group with bust of Marti and plaque commemorating the Kentuckians that fought for Cuba Independence in 1850.
Shively Mayor Sherry S. Conner says, “I have been asked about the monument since I became mayor. Some of the members of the youth group that actually made the trip have called me asking about the bust because they wanted to show their grandchildren.”
After being contacted by Historian John Trowbridge, with Kentucky National Guard and local Cuban leaders we decided to bring the monument back to the park.
The City received some funds came from the Cuban community, local and afar, but the current City Council approved the spending to furbish the bust and plaque and the remounting onto a new pedestal. The bust will be a focus point along the walking path.
There will be a brief program followed by a celebration in the park. We invite everyone to join us in the park.