Casa Gomez is named for General Juan Gualberto Gómez (1854-1933), a hero of the Cuban War of Independence. Gómez became one of Cuba’s leading abolitionists, journalists and champions of Afro-Cuban rights. In 1880 he was arrested for supporting the rebels and spent two years in a Spanish prison in Cueta, Morocco. He was exiled to Madrid for an additional eight years before joining forces with José Marti and other rebel leaders. After the war, Gómez continued work as a journalist and advocacy of racial equality in an independent Cuban society. The highest prizes in Cuban journalism are named after him, as is the international airport in Matanzas, Cuba.