Raul Castro and Diaz-Canel pay tribute to Eusebio Leal in Cuba

Raul Castro and Diaz-Canel pay tribute to Eusebio Leal in Cuba

The First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Raul Castro, and President Miguel Diaz-Canel paid tribute on Friday to Havana Historian Eusebio Leal, who died in July.

The leaders, along with Prime Minister Manuel Marrero and Parliament Speaker Esteban Lazo, participated in the last guard of honor in front of the urn that keeps the ashes of the restoration architect of Old Havana, during the funeral honors in the Hall of the Lost Steps in the the Capitol.

On Thursday, representing all Cubans, the people of the capital paid tribute to the historian, whose work, according to the president of Casa de las Americas, Abel Prieto, encompassed more than just ruined buildings turned into palaces.

Prieto's highlighted Leal's exemplary honesty and passionate devotion to the country, history, symbols and heroes, as well as his confrontation with marginality and moral impoverishment, to turn Havana's communities into the protagonists of the transformation he promoted.

For Leal, who received numerous decorations from governments and international organizations, the most appreciated of all was always the love of his people, who approached him in the street as a friend or relative, and placed their trust in him.

Prieto described him as a tireless worker, whose work, ideas and example are a legacy for the new generations. As of today, the remains of Eusebio Leal will rest in the Convent of Sanit Francis of Assisi, in Old Havana.