Celia Sánchez: A pillar of the Cuban Revolution
7 de julio de 2020, 1:0
Por Marta Denis Valle
Havana.- Celia Sánchez Manduley (1920-1980), an extraordinary Cuban woman, became a legend in the days of Sierra Maestra and continued her tireless work, often anonymously, during the revolutionary power. She was like justice: human and demanding, and a woman of details.
She was born in Media Luna, in the former Oriente province, on May 9, 1920. When she died in Havana, on January 11, 1980, she was a lawmaker, a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and the Secretary of the Council of State.
On March 23, 1962, she was appointed secretary of the Presidency and the Council of Ministers. Years later, she would be the minister of the Presidency.
she was the first woman who fought in the Rebel Army. She was in charge of organizing life in campaign and in the liberated territories.
In Sierra Maestra, she acted as executive secretary, because she was in charge of everything: supplies, expenditures, the distribution of livestock among farmers in the liberated zones and guaranteeing military supplies long before the summer offensive launched by Batista's army.
Her direct communication with the guerrilla leadership started on February 17, 1957, when she participated, along with Frank País and other revolutionaries from the city, in the meeting of the national leadership of the M-26-7 at Epifanio Díaz's farm. Also present at the meeting was revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and his comrades.
She immediately sent a large reinforcement to the rebel guerrilla and became the main way of communication between the rebels and the Movement's leadership in the city, through the political work done in the zone of Manzanillo and from Yara to Campechuela and Media Luna, near Sierra Maestra.
In 1964, she founded the Office of Historic Affairs of the Council of State, which currently treasures more than 159,000 photos in 28 collections, and more than 56,000 documents.
In order to describe this modest woman, it would suffice to say that it will be impossible to write Fidel Castro's history without showing Celia's revolutionary life,' Armando Hart said at her funeral on January 12, 1980.
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