Esteban Montejo

Esteban Mesa Montejo (December 26, 1860 – February 10, 1973) was a Cuban slave who escaped to freedom before slavery was abolished on the island in 1886. He lived as a maroon (runaway slave) in the mountains until that time. He also served in the war of independence in Cuba. He is known for having his biography published in 1966, in both Spanish and English, several years before his death and when he was already more than 100 years old. He lived to be 112.

After being featured in a newspaper article, Montejo had been contacted in 1963 by Cuban ethnologist Miguel Barnet, who conducted a series of taped interviews with him. From these, he published a book about Montejo's life. The book in Spanish was published as a biography of Montejo by Barnet, and in English as an autobiography by Montejo. Provided by Wikipedia