Before speaking about Maciel Pinheiro Square, it is necessary to know a little about the life of the honouree. Luís Ferreira Maciel Pinheiro was born in Paraíba, on 11 December 1839, the son of the Portuguese Braz Ferreira Maciel Pinheiro and Margarida Maciel Pinheiro.
Journalist, writer, poet, orator and novelist Manoel Arão de Oliveira Campos was born on 11 January to José Matheus Coimbra de Campos and Francisca Joaquina de Oliveira Campos in the city of Afogados da Ingazeira, in the semi-arid region of Pajeú, Pernambuco.
Mário Carneiro do Rego Mello was born on 5 February 1884, in the main house on the Barbalho plantation, in the Iputinga neighbourhood of Recife, to the Federal Judge Manuel do Rego Mello and Maria da Conceição Carneiro da Cunha do Rego Mello, familiarly known as Ciçone.
Mário Sette was born in Recife on 19 April 1886. As a young man, he was already a lover of Portuguese, French and Brazilian literature, and of the treatises on Brazilian History and Civilization. He spoke and wrote French fluently.
José Izidoro de Martins Junior was born in Recife, Pernambuco, on 24 November 1860, to José Isidoro Martins and Francisca Emilia de Oliveira Martins.