María Dámasa Jova Baró
The daughter of Feliciano Jova and María del Socorro Baró, she was born María Dámasa Jova in Ranchuelo; her father died when she was less than two years old and she moved with her mother to Cienfuegos. Jova Baró trained as a primary school teacher.
Jova Baró was the first Afro-Cuban woman to own a printing press; she began publishing the children's magazine Ninfas in January 1929. She also produced a children's radio program "La Hora Teatral Ninfas" and established a literary and artistic club for children. Jova Baró was also founder and editor-in-chief for the literary and critical publication Umbrales Revista Literaria Artistica from 1934 to 1937.
In 1925, she published a collection of poetry Arpegios intimos.
In 1939, she joined the Conjunto Nacional Democrático party and was chosen as that party's regional candidate for the national assembly; however, the provincial electoral board disallowed her candidacy.
The city of Santa Clara named a primary school in her honour.
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