Cuban immigrants share precious family heirlooms to show history of Cuban exiles by Janey Fugate 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. Read more here:

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
Date of Arrival
Friday, March 23, 1962
Relocated To
St. Vincent's Orphanage, Vincennes, Indiana
Stayed With
Velasco family-Florida City
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Hola Susy,por fin tengo tiempo de sentarme a escribirte,te escribe Silvia 4 la cunada se Silvia la del baby. queria darte las gracias por haberme hecho sentir tan a gusto en las reuniones.Para decirte al verdad tenia miedo de no acoplar con el grupo pero fueron todos muy amables y simpaticos. Sobre todo tu Susy,espero nos mantengamos en contacto,ya supe por mi cunada que tuvistes un buen viaje de regreso,cuando pegues la vuelta por miami aqui tenes tu casa Manzur te manda saludos.Hasta la proxima

Message by silvia | Nov 14th 2009

Susy: Gracias por tu email. Ya me comunique con Manuel Izquierdo y llame a Mario Ramos, su primo. Me dio mucha alegria hablar con el. Si, nosotros somos fanaticos de los deportes!! Nos mantenemos al tanto de los juegos de UM y los Dolphins...Tambien yo siqo a los Seminoles porque mi hija menor se graduo de FSU. A mi hijo les gustan los Gators...y la mayor fue a UCF..asi que somos deportistas y no descriminamos de equipos. Me encantaria conocerte y tambien a Justo. Estrella

Message by Estrella (Rodriguez) Pereira | Nov 12th 2009

Hola Susy, me dio gran alegria conocerte este fin de semana. Espero que hayas llegado bien a tu casa. Yo llegue anoche tarde. Que hermoso fue este fin de semana y que lindo ver que los hermanos PP se tienen tanto cariño y se tratan con tanto amor y respeto. Es muy hermoso ver que existe harmonia y good will entre todos nosotros. Muchos cariños. Mercy

Message by Mercedes Argiz Escribano | Nov 12th 2009

SUSY fijate en el mensaje que me dejo ELOISA. ya descubrio nuestras cables de hablar asi que hay que volver a cambiarlas para que el enemigo no nos pueda entender ok. te lo dejo a ti. pues tu sabes como siempre DERJO a la jente ok. hay que mantener el respeto en el rasol para que nadie se de de cuenta cuando estamos hblando damier ok. ñoco estos cubanos no pierden nanda. un dia de esto nos van a dar una botada del rasol y no se podra siguiendo derjo

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Nov 12th 2009

Susy, gracias por todo, compartimos un rato divino, eres igualita como me lo imajine, mi baby, mi baby lindo! te envia un bezote bien grande igual que yo. Tu hermanita PP, Sil

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Nov 12th 2009

Hola Susy, gracias por la irformacion, ya me comunique con Estrella hermana de Mercedes y estuvimos un largo rato hablando por telefono y recordando tiempos pasado. Veo que hay un grupo de Pedro Panes que siempre escriben a diario y se que ustedes se llevan como familia, espero un dia poder conocerlos en persona. Carinos Manuel

Message by Manuel J. Izquierdo Rodriguez | Nov 11th 2009

Have not seen any PPN postings recently and wanted to make sure you're ok. You're the shining light leading us, your flock, into the sunlight of day. You have provided us with a wonderful sense of amistad [the feeling, not the ship]. I, for one thank you for your kindess.

Message by Nelson Del Valle Caraballo | Nov 10th 2009

Susy: Me alegro saber que llegaste bien, pues aunque no te llamé estuve pensando en ti. Despues de la gran reunión he tenido que dedicarle tiempo a mis parientes, los cuales no entienden bien como los dejé para el final. Tanto cariño y tantos recuerdos me han colmado de una luz interior muy comfortadora. Espero que estos sentimientos nos sigan dando ánimo hasta que nos volvamos a ver. Tu hermanita, yoli

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Nov 10th 2009

Hola Susy, gracias por la buena noticia, con mucho gusto le puedes dar a Mercedes mi e-mail y a mi el de ella. Saludos Manuel

Message by Manuel J. Izquierdo Rodriguez | Nov 9th 2009

Susy, ya vi que te empatastes con Pepito. Tu prima tiene razon el Pepe era tremendo tipo, tenia a las palomas comiendo arroz de su mano.Yo solo tenia la dicha de ser muelero.Portate bien acuerdate que " Santiclo" esta al pasar. Carinos: MELVIN

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Nov 9th 2009

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