Cuban immigrants share precious family heirlooms to show history of Cuban exiles by Janey Fugate jfugate@elnuevoherald.com Julia Adán Pelegrín, 71, opened a black suitcase full of faded elegant shirts. Those shirts, she explained, belonged to her father, Emilio Adán Silva, when he was a Supreme Court justice in Cuba, and they represented his life before he and 12 other justices signed a letter denouncing Fidel Castro’s government. Eight years later, his family moved to Miami. Those shirts, Pelegrín says, represent the sacrifice her father made for his family and express the pride she feels. “These are not only memories but items of everyday use when Cuba existed as a nation,” Adán said. “[These shirts] were on the streets of Havana. They lived there.” Such feelings of pride and nostalgia prevailed Saturday in the lobby of the Freedom Tower, when dozens of Cubans gathered to donate or lend objects of historic interest that document their exile experience. More than 300 items — passports, documents, photos, clothes — will be part of an exhibit that will open at the tower in September. The inauguration of the exhibit is a key step in the preservation of Cuban history, said Alina Interián, host of the event and executive director of Miami Dade College cultural affairs. “We want to pay tribute to the people to whom this tower means so much,” said Interián, who also was processed at the Freedom Tower when she arrived from Cuba. Between 1962 and 1974, Cuban refugees were processed at the tower, known as “The Refuge.” It was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2008. The exhibit, titled “The Exile Experience: Journey to Freedom,” is a collaboration between Miami Dade College and the Miami Herald Media Company. Its objective is to document, preserve and share the history of the difficulties the exiled Cuban community went through since Fidel Castro’s rise to power. The facility has deserved a project like this for some time, said Luisa Meruelo, 93, who worked for the tower’s immigration service for nine years. “I was always wondering why no one had done something about the refugees here,” Meruelo said. “This is a long story, a beautiful story.” The exhibit is a way to thank the nation that gave them refuge during that turbulent time, she said. “We have to thank the people of the United States for being so generous to us at a very difficult time,” she said. Now, the museum can show items like the first coins earned in this country, the tie that an immigrant was wearing when he arrived, a wedding gown and the tiny dress of a 3-year-old. To the people who wore them, these items are intimately associated with the difficult experience of having to abandon their native country. One of those people was Mercy Advocat, who arrived in 1962 with her brother in the Pedro Pan Operation. That exodus took place between 1960 and 1962 and brought more than 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban children to the United States. “The last thing our parents told us before leaving was that my brother and I should never be separated,” Advocat said. “We then boarded the plane and, when we landed, the first thing they did was separate us — the girls from the boys.” Advocat and her brother eventually were sent to the same foster home in Albuquerque, N.M., and they ended doing what their parents had told them. After two years, they were reunited with their mother in New York. The black-and-white photos Advocat brought to the tower show her mother’s tears when she reunited with her children. She is lending those photos and a doll brought from Cuba — some of her most precious keepsakes — to the museum. She is not ready to part with them yet. “I’m not so old to have to donate them,” she said. © 2014 Miami Herald Media Company. All Rights Reserved. http://www.miamiherald.com Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/26/v-print/4257131/cuban-immigrants-share-precious.html#storylink=cpy

Susana (Susy) Garrandés Gonzalez

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Current Name
Susy Rodriguez
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Susana (Susy) Garrandés Gonzalez
Age on Arrival
10
Date of Arrival
Friday, March 23, 1962
Relocated To
St. Vincent's Orphanage, Vincennes, Indiana
Stayed With
Velasco family-Florida City
Groups
Haiti Pedro Pan
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Me preguntas por la foto de "artista." Pues te diré que yo tomaba clases de piano con la Srta. Ofelia del Conservatorio Hubert de Blank. Y esa foto es de uno de los conciertos en el colegio.

Message by Eloísa Echazábal | Jun 8th 2010

Susy, en la foto a que te refieres tengo 11 anitos.....pero me sentia la reina del universo, ya sabes...Lo de los Mojitos me parece estupendo no te preocupes no le dire nada a Melvin.....ja, ja. Tienes que venir por aca mas a menudo, aqui es donde esta la accion......un abrazo

Message by Carmencita Romanach | Jun 8th 2010

Gracias, Susy, por ayudar a Christina en la presentacion en Orlando de su libro The Red Umbrella y por haber estado en el book signing. Ya Christina me explico lo de los "25" años pero te aseguro que ella no tuvo su primer hijo a los 13 años. Espero que encuentres The Red Umbrella de tu agrado. Gracias de nuevo por tu amabilidad y gentileza. Cariños, Delfin.

Message by Delfin Diaz | Jun 7th 2010

TODAY, Sunday, June 6th at 1pm Barnes & Noble 3049 Daniels Road Winter Garden, FL.---The author, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, is the daughter of Delfin & Esperanza Diaz, PPs and daughter-in-law of Pedro Pan...Let's show her our support. This store is in new shopping center off Highway 50 (Colonial Drive) and Daniels Road.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Jun 6th 2010

ATTENTION ORLANDO AREA PEDRO PANS: THE RED UMBRELLA BOOK SIGNING-CENTRAL FL Sunday, June 6th at 1pm Barnes & Noble 3049 Daniels Road Winter Garden, FL.---The author, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, is the daughter and daughter-in-law of Pedro Panes...Let's show her our support. This store is in new shopping center off Highway 50 (Colonial Drive) and Daniels Road.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Jun 5th 2010

Hi girl! Yo aqui en casa de mi hija con el gringo, despues hablamos, love you siempre, Sil

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Jun 4th 2010

Susy, mi querida "TINKERBELL". En mi giro discografico llamamos a personas que hacen funciones como las que tu haces "Promotores". Ultimamente me he fijado que te dedicas a anunciar presentaciones de libros y de anunciar a canales de television. No tienes tiempo para tus amigos.Estoy preocupado , ya no atiendes ni al pobre "Matanzas". De todas manera se te quiere.....MELVIN

Message by Melvin F Noriega Plasencia | Jun 4th 2010

Glad to hear it!

Message by Maria Petronila Hernandez Mills | Jun 4th 2010

I know! Isn't it great? My dad's cousin was in school here and he sent it to him. Tragically, he was killed in a car accident here and they didn't see each other again.

Message by Maria Petronila Hernandez Mills | Jun 4th 2010

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