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Dr. Manuel Sanchez and his wife Acacia in front of their house in Media Luna circa 1922. Celia (seated left) and Chela with their parents. Acacia holds the new baby, Flavia. In 1926, Acacia gave birth to her eighth child but never recovered. She died on December 19, 1926, at the age of 38, after […]

Cane Fields

On one of the last days of December, 1955, following Fidel’s orders, four men drove south from Manzanillo to meet Celia and have her show them landing points along the coast. They followed the old coastal highway from Manzanillo to Campechuela, then continued south on a road branching inland and across the southwestern peninsula to […]

May 9, 1920

Celia was delivered by her father, Dr. Manuel Sánchez Silveira, a rural doctor, on May 9, 1920, at 1:00 p.m. at home, in Media Luna. This town is dominated by a sugar mill and is on Cuba’s south-eastern coast. Manuel Sánchez, and his wife Acacia Manduley, took her to the civil registry on October 16, […]

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