José Martí Plaza and Monument in Echo Park

José Martí Plaza and Monument in Echo Park

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Thousands of Cuban exiles moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s and settle in Echo Park. As the communities grew, businesses began to open and so did political and social clubs. Echo Park has served as a place for rallying and demonstrations for the anti-Castro community. In 1976, the city of Los Angeles created the José Martí Plaza or Square in the intersection of Park Avenue and Echo Park Avenue. A bust of José Martí was created by sculptor Sergio López-Mesa and placed in the square. José Martí was a writer and revolutionary, considered a hero by the Cuban community inside and outside the island.

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