General Guillermo Moncada (1841-1895) was a renowned Afro-Cuban military leader and the namesake of the Moncada Barracks, the site of an unsuccessful attack by Fidel Castro’s men on July 26, 1953 which marks the beginning of the Cuban Revolution. Nicknamed “el gigante de ébano” (the ebony giant) and “Guillermón” (big Guillermo), Moncada was born in Santiago de Cuba at a time when Black slavery was still legal and widespread on the island. He fought alongside Máximo Gómez, Antonio Maceo Grajales, and Calixto García in the various Cuban independence struggles of the late nineteenth century and was imprisoned by the colonial Spanish government on two separate occasions. Moncada, who once worked as a carpenter, is also renowned for killing Miguel Pérez y Céspedes, a widely-feared fugitive slave hunter in eastern Cuba. The stamp above was issued on the one hundredth anniversary of Gen. Moncada’s birth.

General Guillermo Moncada (1841-1895) was a renowned Afro-Cuban military leader and the namesake of the Moncada Barracks, the site of an unsuccessful attack by Fidel Castro’s men on July 26, 1953 which marks the beginning of the Cuban Revolution. Nicknamed “el gigante de ébano” (the ebony giant) and “Guillermón” (big Guillermo), Moncada was born in Santiago de Cuba at a time when Black slavery was still legal and widespread on the island. He fought alongside Máximo Gómez, Antonio Maceo Grajales, and Calixto García in the various Cuban independence struggles of the late nineteenth century and was imprisoned by the colonial Spanish government on two separate occasions. Moncada, who once worked as a carpenter, is also renowned for killing Miguel Pérez y Céspedes, a widely-feared fugitive slave hunter in eastern Cuba. The stamp above was issued on the one hundredth anniversary of Gen. Moncada’s birth.

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