He was made colonel in the Liberation Army as he was outspoken and charismatic. Frustrated, alongside other Afro-Cubans due to the system of racial discrimination, Acea decided to enter into the political scene through a pro-black platform but he did not get the necessary support.
He was arrested for allegedly forming a black rebellion in Giiira de Melena. Acea also played a major role in the Independent Party of Colour’s struggle for equality.
Acea and two other black veterans were accused of mobilizing Afro-Cubans to extend black protest in Cuba’s race war from the Havana province into western Cuba.
The men were arrested and subsequently freed for lack of evidence. Acea was reportedly assassinated a few months later.