Inspired by the works and bravery of Antonio Maceo and Martín Morúa Delgado, OnCuba Travel developed the Morúa-Maceo Project Experience. The Morúa-Maceo project aims to build, strengthen and showcase the Cuban-African diaspora experience through, in-depth curated experiences on the island.
Cuba claims both Africa and Europe as its mother continents. Our program reflects the traditions, customs and celebrations comprising the ancestral wealth of Africa for the enjoyment and knowledge of new generations. On this unique tour, you’ll understand the various Afro-Cuban syncretic religions practiced widely in Cuba, as explained by an English-speaking expert on the subject. Our local guide will walk you through parts of central Havana and the spectacular Callejon de Hammel – a small and colorfully decorated alley in central Havana, created by local resident Salvador Gonzáles Escalona. Sit and enjoy a cool drink while you soak up the atmosphere of this famous alleyway, decorated with scrap objects like bathtubs, hand pumps, and pinwheels, and has now become a cultural focal point with workshops for Cuban children to learn painting. The program includes meetings with Afro-Cuban historians and figures from the world of the arts, and much more.
Morúa gained prominence as an Afro-Cuban writer and Cuba’s first black Senate president after the country’s war for independence against Spanish rule in the 1890s. Becoming a major political figure in post-independence Cuba, Morúa was one of the two black men elected to the country’s constitutional assembly under United States occupation. Son of an African-slave mother, Ines Delgado, and Spanish father, Francisco Morúa, Martín Morúa Delgado espoused both anti-slavery sentiments and exemplified ideas of success through meritocracy among Afro-Cubans.
Maceo distinguished himself not only as an Afro-Cuban abolitionist and civil rights champion, but also as a consummate general. His most notable exploit, which made him famous among Cubans and feared by the Spaniards, was his horseback march wherein he covered more than 1,000 miles in 92 days and sustained 27 encounters against the Spaniards. The man known as the “Titan de Bronze” is remembered by one of the statements that embraces his philosophy: “Aqui no hay negritos ni blanquitos sino cubanos (“Here there are no blacks or whites, only Cubans”).