Historic Markers Across Florida

Orestes Ferrara

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Location: 7th Avenue & 16th Broadway Bank, YborCity, Tampa, FL.
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 27° 57.613    W 082° 26.429
  27.96021666    -82.44048333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM5XGX


Cuban patriots used this corner for street meetings in 1895. Among the speakers was Orestes Ferrara, young Italian revolutionary. In his Garibaldi red shirt, Ferrara stirred the Cuban exiles to fighting frenzy against Spanish oppression.

The young Italian joined a Tampa expedition to Cuba and became a celebrated guerilla under Gen. Maximo Gomez. With the birth of the Cuban Republic, Ferrara rose to high office as Lawyer, author, President-of the Cuban Senate, and Cuban Ambassador to the United States.

Erected by Tampa Soap Corporation 1962


City: Tampa, FL