Message from Pedro Pan Eloísa Echazábal. Below the link to the Miami Dade College announcement dated July 8th regarding the upcoming Freedom Tower exhibit about the Cuban exile experience. This exhibit will be launched in mid-September. The first exile focus will be on the Pedro Pan exodus. Most of us who reunited with our parents in Miami remember visiting the Freedom Tower for the services the U.S. government made available to the newly arriving Cuban exiles. The Pedro Pan exhibit will last about two years. Miami Dade College and The Miami Herald Media Company invited me to collaborate with them when the plans were first developed about two years ago, and I was ecstatic with the opportunity. Also collaborating with their memorabilia and photos are Operation Pedro Pan Group Inc.organization, Barry University Archives and Special Collections, University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection and Florida International University Libraries. As soon as the next official announcement comes out, I will forward. In the meantime, I would like to let you know that a "collecting day" is being planned for Saturday, July 26th, from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Freedom Tower. This is the day when Pedro Pans will have the opportunity to bring memorabilia regarding our Pedro Pan days to be loaned to the exhibit. Required receipts and documentation will be available there. Courtesy parking on the open lot across the street south of the Tower. Entrance on N.E. 5th street. Just let the attendant know you are coming to the Tower to bring your items. This is a great opportunity to showcase our experience. Again, as additional announcements are released, I'll forward.

Mercedes Leal Radcliff

General Information
Current Name
Mercedes Leal Radcliff
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Mercedes Leal Radcliff
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Tuesday, September 12, 1961
Relocated To
Houston, TX
Stayed With
Frank y Cira De Leon

Mercedes's Story

I arrived Sept 12, 1961. I went to American Dominican Academy (Las Dominicas Americanas en el Vedado)up until the 5th grade and I used to live in Fontanar. I, like many others remember the "pecera" ...

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Status update | Jul 8th 2011

hi my name is elizabeth leal daughter of ignacio leal de dios from cienfuegos cuba. i dont know much of my dad side of the family i would like to know if your related to ignacio ,jose,lorretta,anita

Message by elizabeth leal | Nov 28th 2010

Mercedes, please visit my website. it has a link to my blog. I would love for you to contribute to today's post.

Message by Adrianne Miller | Sep 19th 2010

Mercy, No se si tu Magda y Alina se pusieron de acuerdo para reunirse; si todavia esta pendiente, dejame saber pues me gustaria verlas. Muchos carinos, Cristina

Message by Cristina Cao Iglesias | Jul 17th 2010

Hola Mercy. Ahora es que estoy viendo el e-mail tuyo, de Magda, y Alina. Me acuerdo de los nombres de Magda Arias y de Alina pero no puedo conectar las caras. Pregunte mucho por ti en la reunion que tuvimos de ILS pero no supe de ti. Me gustaria mucho podernos reunir. Espero que todas esten bien. Muchos carinos. (Prometo chequear mas seguido).

Message by Cristina Cao Iglesias | Jun 7th 2010

yo también estaba contigo en la Dominicas en tu clase.

Message by Alina M Garcia Paradoa | Mar 23rd 2010

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Status update | Mar 22nd 2010

Hi Mercedes, no se si te acordaras de mi Magda Arias, fui contigo a las dominicas en el vedado estaba en tu misma clase, sali de cuba despues de la bahia de cochinos, ahora vivo en Miami, tambien Cira de Leon estaba en nuestra clase, dejame saber si te acuerdas, yo si me acuerdo de ti y de Cira., muchos carinos, Magda

Message by Magda Arias | Mar 22nd 2010

Hi Mercedes, So good to hear from you. Will email you as soon as my twin granddaughters leave tomorrow. They don't share grandma well. :_)

Message by Adrianne Miller | Sep 4th 2009

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