Admiration for Cuban Historian Eusebio Leal grows
Havana, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) Admiration for Havana Historian Eusebio Leal has resulted in affection for and recognition of the work of that eminent academic, whose died on Friday at the age of 77.
On Satuday, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel decreed national mourning in honor of the doctor in Historical Sciences and master in Archaeological Sciences.
Poet Fina Garcia Marruz wrote about Leal, 'When men forget him, the stones will still remember him'.
On his Twitter account, Diaz-Canel invited to celebrate Leal's wonderful journey through life and recommended to follow his imprint, the patient and infinite work of saving the heritage of Cuba, the island he loved so much, and to which he devoted his life.
Culture Minister Alpidio Alonso said that Leal's death means an immeasurable loss for Cuban culture. 'He was an implacable warrior of beauty, a true founder, a teacher. Defending and continuing his work is to honor him.'
Several people posted on social media a call to hang white bedsheets on balconies this weekend, as a tribute to Eusebio, who taught us to see Havana by understanding of its own history and with the eyes of love.
The song 'Sabanas blancas' (White Bedsheets), composed by singer songwriter Gerardo Alfonso, became the soundtrack of the 'Andar La Habana' television program, on which Leal became a teacher and brought viewers closer to the most curious details and secrets of the Cuban capital.
Casa de las Americas considers Leal responsible for an imperishable work dedicated mainly to the recovery of heritage.
According to official sources, the funeral of the prominent intellectual will be held at the National Capitol once the Covid-19 pandemic is controlled.
According to the wish of Leal's family, his ashes will be preserved so that the Cuban people can pay him deserved tribute for his invaluable work in favor of the rescue, conservation and promotion of Havana's and the nation's historic values.
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