Manuel María Rojo Pérez, son of a humble peasant family, was born in Nueva Paz on August 15, 1903. He suffered at a very young age the helplessness and misery of the Cuban countryside man in the Neocolonial Republic.

He was barely able to take the first grades, in a rural school, and since he was a boy he had to do the hardest work. The hardships of that life shaped his character, meaning as risks of his personality along with his good humor, the courage and decision to face any circumstance.

The search of a solution for the serious problems that afflicted the Nation, took him to enter the Orthodox Party where he carried out works of propaganda.

In the building of Prado Street, marked with number 109, in Havana, Manuel knew of the plans that were being made to defeat the tyranny. He expressed his resolute decision to be part of any kind of action.

On January 28, 1953, in the commemoration of the centenary of the Apostle, he participated in the parade of torches, homage of the Cuban student to the intellectual actor of the deed of July 26.

On July 24, his wife saw him leave his room with a package of clothes. In the afternoon he took the train to Havana, after a visit to the department of Abel Santamaría to collect the tickets for the trip, he left for Santiago de Cuba, together with other revolutionaries from Los Palos and Nueva Paz.

Assigned to the contingent personally directed by Fidel, once the action failed, Rojo Pérez was captured and murdered on the afternoon of Sunday, July 26. He was later found with his clothes torn and covered in blood.

At present they are shown in the Museum of the Revolution, as an example of the life and revolutionary action of this humble agricultural worker, pride of Mayabeque.

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