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Exploring the Culture of Little Havana

A  Learning Community Project (School of Education, the College of Arts and Science and Eaton Residential College, University of Miami)

Domino Park

Maximo Gomez Park informally known as "Domino Park" is one of the main meeting places in Little Havana. Almost anytime of the day it is filled with retirees and neighborhood people playing dominoes or chess.

Gomez

Maximo Gomez Park is named after a famous Cuban revolutionary who fought against Spanish oppression in late nineteenth century Cuba.

Dominoes

Dominoes is traditionally played by older Cuban men. Sites like Domino Park provide a public space and meeting ground for people in the Little Havana community.

Gomez

Chess is also a popular game played within Domino Park, recalling the spirit of the great Cuban chess master Capablanca. Note the mural behind the players shown here which depicts the Presidents of the Americas and was painted to commemorate the Summit of the Americas held in Miami in 1993. The mural was created by Oscar Thomas a young Dominican artist who died shortly after the completion of the work.

 

Click on the title below to learn more about "The Naming of Domino Park" (essay by Shana Hornstein).

Click on the title below to learn about "Problems with Domino Park" (essay by Shana Hornstein).

Domino Link

Dominoes   http://www.gamecabinet.com/rules/Domi nointro.html