Spanish civil war stone, Alexandra Gardens, Cardiff.
This stone was unveiled in 1992 to commemorate the 169 Welsh volunteers who aided the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.
The Memorial stone in Alexandra Gardens, Cathays Park, is dedicated to Welsh volunteers killed in Spain. Erected by Mid & South Glamorgan County Councils and Cardiff City Council, 1 October 1992. The war began after Nationalists refused to accept a left-wing coalition’s victory in the 1936 general election.
On the rear of the memorial stone is a quotation from Basque Communist politician Dolores Ibárruri, who was imprisoned during the war and known as La Pasionara (“The Passion Flower”). The quotation is from her speech to International Brigade members as they left for home in 1938.
Let’s hear what Elaine from Cardiff University has to say about this historic stone.