Monument in Colón Cemetery

Mario Memorial

This monument at Colón Cemetery, co-designed by Mario Coyula, honors forty university students from the FEU-Directorio Revolucionario (Revolutionary Directorate) who were killed after an assault on the Presidential Palace on March 13, 1957. Their assassination attempt on Batista failed – the President was in his private quarters, not his office – and provoked brutal reprisals.

(Read more at and also in the book “Havana: Two Faces of the Antillean Metropolis” by Joseph L. Scarpaci, Roberto Segre and Mario Coyula, p. 371.)


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