Historic Markers Across Florida

Captain Joseph Fry

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Location: Platt & Tampa Streets, Tampa, FL.
County: Hillsborough
Waymark: None


Tampa´s First Native Son Died for Cuban Liberty. Captain Joseph Fry was born in Tampa (Fort Brooke) June 14, 1826. As a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he served with the Navy throughout the world. When the Civil War broke out, Fry fought with courage and capacity for the South in the Confederate Navy.

During the Ten Years´ War, the first Cuban insurrection, Fry was Captain of the S. S.
Virginius, a blockade runner. Sailing with guns and 300 rebels, Tampa´s hero headed for Cuba. The Virginius was captured by the Spaniards, and Capt. Fry with 53 freedom fighters were executed before a firing squad at Santiago De Cuba, Nov. 7, 1873. History honors Capt. Fry as "The Cuban Martyr."

Erected by the Ybor City Rotary Club with the cooperation of the Tampa Historical Society


City: Tampa, FL