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

Silvia G. Budejen Reyes

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Current Name
Silvia Budejen Trujillo
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Silvia G. Budejen Reyes
Age on Arrival
12
Date of Arrival
Saturday, July 14, 1962
Relocated To
CWB Florida City
Stayed With
Rodriguez-Walling y Delia Diaz de Villar

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Me again... He had a twin brother if I remember well.

Message by Niurka A Strong | Aug 23rd 2009

Hi Silvia, Yes, that is the same Angelita, and now I am remembering Jorge, he wore glasses right?

Message by Niurka A Strong | Aug 23rd 2009

Hola Silvia, no se si te recordaras de mi, yo en cuanto vi tu foto te reconoci y ahroa estoy hablando con mi hermana, Mimi y ella se recuerda de toda la gente. A mi como que se me borro la cinta mental, pero estoy tratando de recordar y ya empiezo. Dejame ssaber de ti, y espero pronto que nos veamos, un saludo de Mimi y mio

Message by Maria del C. Marin | Aug 23rd 2009

Sylvia si por casualida no te acuerdas de su nombre en la foto que tu mandaste que estas bailando la celebrasion de unos quinces [ que era la de SYLVIA COURIEL] es JAVIER ACEVEDO el tiene un hermano jemelo de nombre JORGE ACEVEDO y los dos vivian conmigo en la casa de VILLAR. YA SE QUE te lo dijeron pero el lechero su nombre es CARLOS BARKIN. EL ES el director de deportes en el COLEGIO BELEN un dia de estos llama al colegio y pide que te pongan en contacto con el y cuando te contestes dile OYE LECHERO SABES QUIEN TE HABLA? para ver que dise. bye FERNANDO PS por favor mandame a mi e0mail el telefono de tu hermano que se me perdio ok. bye

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Aug 22nd 2009

Silvia B., Silvia Portu tiene razon, ese es Carlos Barquin. El fue coach de mis hijos en Belen Jesuit Preparatory hace años. No se si todabia trabaje alli. Cariños, Carmen

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Aug 21st 2009

Silvia, que linda sorpresa lo de las fotos. Mira que he hablado de los trajes que nos hicieron para los bailes y no tenia fotos para probarlo. La de los trajes de La Bella Cubana son priceless. La otra que se ve de frente es Magarita Toricella. Ahora nos falta una foto con los trajes de india del Siboney y el de dama antigua de Damisela Encantadora. Quien nos hacia estos trajes tan divinos? Cuantos angeles tubimos alli. Mil gracias, Carmen

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Aug 21st 2009

Hola hermana Tocaya, si mal no recuerco el lechero se llama Carlos Barquin. Me tienes loca con las fotos son una maravilla. Luego te escribo mas ahora bestoy de carrerita. Garcias mil por recordarme. Tu hermana tocaya

Message by Silvia E Portu | Aug 21st 2009

Silvia, me he entusiasmado con tus fotos y hoy mismo voy a Walgreens a ver si pongo las mias del campamento en un cd para poder compartirlas. Tambien quiero ver si me ayudan a identificar a algunas personas, ya que por descuidada no puse los nombres detras. Mira, nos compramos un scanner, pero mi esposo se lo cogió para su computadora y me he quedado en las mismas. (No se lo digas a nadie: se la puedo quitar--lo que pasa es que estoy vaga para leer las instrucciones.) A Walgreen's!!! yo

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Aug 21st 2009

Ya vi tus fotos, todavia no me recuerdo de ti pero tu nombre si me suena. Yo tengo una foto parecida a una que tienes en el dormitorio, pero fue tomada en el dia de los enamorados nosotras nos quedamos en la casa, no fuimos al baile fue en 1964. Reconoces alguna?

Message by Aurea Gisela Alma (Palacios) | Aug 20th 2009

Sylvia esa foto donde estas con ARTILITO , EL LECHERO , EL GALLO RONCO tu hermano y BARAL es priceless !!!!!! espero verte ahora en NOV. OK. CARINOS Y ABRASOS saluda a MANZUR de mi parte por favor dile que lo voy a llamar este fin de semana bye FERNANDO COLLADO. PS como sigue mahoma?

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Aug 20th 2009

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