Cubans gather in Echo Park after Castro’s death

Nov 26, 2016


ECHO PARK — The death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro prompted a group of Los Angeles Cubans to gather this afternoon at Echo Park Lake, where they waved flags as some passing motorists honked their horns in support.

Echo Park  emerged as a center for Cuban Americans in the early 1960s as local churches welcomed Cuban emigres fleeing  Castro’s Cuba. In 1961, the Los Angeles Times reported that 38 young Cubans met at the Echo Park Lions Club to plan a counter revolution against Fidel Castro. In 1962, a Cuban club with English classes opened at the former St. Athansius Episcopal Church.

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