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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Susy MR. JONES me acavo de llamar y me dijo que te ivan a mudar para el segundo piso pues esos cuartos tienen unos balcones muiy lindo y asi puedes sentarte por la tarde aver el sol como desaparse por la tarde y yo le dije que si que eso te iva gustar mucho pero YO QUIERO RECORDARTE QUE COMO TU FUMAS CUANDO VAYAS A BOTAR EL CABITO QUE NO SE TE OLVIDE DE SOLTARLO PARA QUE NO TE VAYAS A CAER CON EL OK. !!!!!!! JE JE. te lo digo porque se que eres gallega ok.!!!!!! y eres capaz de tirarte junto con el cabo ok.

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Feb 18th 2010

Susy buenos dias como estas? oye cada dia que pasa me tienes mas preocupada ok. hoy por la mañana MR JONES el señor que esta encargado del LUGAR DE ANSIANOS DONDE TE ESTAS QUEDANDO. me dijo que anoche huvo un incidente en la cual la enfermera que esta encargada del turno de noche [ FELICIA RODRIGUES] le explico que fue corriendo a tu cuarto por que tu estabas gritando y cuando ella entro a tu cuarto te encontro parada frente a la ventana y que tu estabas gritando FELIS AÑO NUEVO, y ella te desia SUSY como vas adecir eso cuando es el mes de FEBRERO, PERO que seguias gritando lo mismo y te hiso ponerte los dientes que no te entendia entonces tu le dijistes FELICIA ME MUERO!!!!!! gracias a DIOS que todo salio bien pero mira yo le dije a MR JONES que me hisiera el favor y que haga que la enfermera este segura que tu duermas con la dentadura puesta para quew cuando vuelvas a tener otro sueño malo ella te pueda entendero. ok. graias a dios que los pedro panes de esa area se van a reunir entro de un par de semana asi te pueden ir a busacr a ese lugar y ai te puedes entretener un poco pero que no se te olvide de ponerte la dentadura para que todos ellos te puedan enterder bien ok. cuidate y siempre estare preocupado por ti tu amigo. FERNANDO

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Feb 18th 2010

Susana (Susy) says: On Tuesday 2/16/10, PPs Jesus and Adriana Hazas' courageous mother passed away.Please say a prayer for her eternal rest.

Status update | Feb 18th 2010

Tu no desias que vivias en la VIBORA? en aquellos tiempos havian transportasion para legar a MANZANILLO? no me digas que tu hisites la marcha con ANTONIO MACEO Y LOS MAMBISES? de ORIENTE A PINAR DEL RIO? muchacha pero que edad tu tienes ?

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Feb 17th 2010

hablando de GYROS. dejame decirte que un cubano recien llegado aqui a CHICAGO fue a la WESTERN UNION para mandar un dinero para CUBA. y vio que en una ventana de un establesimiendo que se vendia almuerso la PALABRA GYROS yahi entro y cuando que queria les dijo que queria aser un jiro de 300 dolares para mandarlo para CUBA y volvio loco a esa jente de ese lugar. seguro que ese hombre vive en el mismo OLD PEOPLES HOME QUE TU!!!!!

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Feb 17th 2010

oye dejame decirte que yo me limpio [ BAñO ] TODOS LOS DIAS. OK. tu estas hablando de limpiesa espirtual o limpiesa de javon? [ aqui ya husamos javon ok. usamos BODY WASH!!!] fijate que finos estamos. tu seguro que usabas en CUBA los javones aquellos amarillos del JAVO CONDADO VERDAD? ustedes las personas mayores seguor que se acuerdana de la depresion aya en el 1930 cuando no havian otras clases de javon nada mas que esos javones amarillos. aya en MATANZAS muchas jentes usaban esos javones para lavar ropa. pero tu los uasabas para bañarte en el rio del ALMENDAREZ verdad?

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Feb 17th 2010

Susy que pena me da que ya se ve que estas muy VIEJA. cuando las personas de edadc [ mas 72 para arriba] cuando ya no pueden ver lo que estan escribiendo siempre le echan la culpa a la pluma porque ya se le esta acabando la INK!!!! o la KEY BOARD por las mala ortografia. no te preocupes que ya yo te entiendo lo que me quieres decir asi que escribe lo que puedas que yo tratare de poner todas las palabras juntas ok. ahora estoy oyendo una cansion por los TEMPTATIONS que se llama MY GIRL. Y ESTOY PENSANDO EN TI [ MY OLD GIRL!!!!! JE JE] que malo es llegar a tu edad verdad. ami me faltan 15 años mas. gracias a dios!!!!!!!! para llegar a tu edad es que yo no se como CARMEN Y EL resto de esas niñas tan joven hasen andando contigo? seguro que tienen que haser unas PENAS que el cura de sus ilgesias les mando aser no crees?

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Feb 17th 2010

Susy espero que este mensaje te llegue. anoche como a las 8. me llamaron del WHO IS CRAZY TO LIVE HERE NURSING HOME EN ORLANDO. que fueron al cuarto tuyo y que no estabas ahi. imaginate que alboroto se formo fijate que hasta MINNY MOUSE me llamo y me dijo esta vieja esta FRICKING GOOFY!!!!!! donde esta he puesto hasta un missing report por MIAMI que dise. BUSCANDO A UNA MUJER YA DE EDAD QUE ESTA PERDIDA Y CONTESTA POR EL NOMBRE DE LA LEONA!!!!!!! PORQUE ES MUY VIOLENTA. y hasta ahora no he tenido respuesta ninguna. espero tener suerte por esta via para no preocuparme mas y poder seguir viendo las OLIMPIADAS EN B.C.fijate si Carmen y Guille te quieren y estan preocupados por ti que les conte este problema y lo primero que me preguntaron fue SUSY WHO?

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Feb 17th 2010

Susy: I've been reading more stories. Love them! I am counting the days till we get together in Central Florida. Do you think JAM knows what he's gotten into? I'm glad he's cruising. He needs to be rested. Love,Yo

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Feb 11th 2010

Hi Susy, Thank -you for the welcome

Message by Roberto De Jesus Rojas Reyes | Feb 11th 2010

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