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. http://www.mdc.edu/main/news/articles/2014/07/mdcand_the_miami_herald_media_company_to.aspx

María del Carmen Ferrer Mirallés

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On March 21, 1962, my sister Magaly (age 6) and I (age 8) arrived at Miami's airport expecting to be reunited with our aunt and two older brothers who had come in July 1961,as our parents had told us. But our aunt never picked us up and eventually we were taken to Florida City where we stayed a week. Our aunt had a difficult time making it as a guardian of the boys and decided that the best for us was to be picked up by Pedro Pan. On March 29, 1962, my sister and I were put on a plane with approximately 6 other girls and we were sent to St. Joseph's Home for Girls in Dallas, Texas. The number of Cuban girls at this orphanage grew in the years to come, but we stayed there until late November 1965, when we were reunited with our parents and three more siblings. Our older brothers we eventually turned over to Operation Pedro Pan by our aunt in July 1962 with one sent to Matacumbe and the other one to Florida City before being sent to Morris School in Searcy, Arkansas in December of 1963. At least we were closer so we could see each other once a year thanks to a priest in Dallas who would find a way to get the boys to Dallas every year for a visit. None of us spoke English and the Irish nuns (Incarnate Word) did not speak a word of Spanish. Though I remained in touch with Sister Mary Carmel passed in Dec. 2013, these nuns were not allowed to showed us affection and for the most part, they seemed so cold compared to the way we were used to being loved by our family. Though this was a frightening experience at first, I have come to see how it has helped to this day with the difficult things one faces through the years. Having overcome these 3 years and 8 months of not knowing if our parents would come and get us, almost anything life had in store for me seemed doable.

I am the only one from my immediate family that relocated to Miami (1990) in a career move, my family remains in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

I would like to hear from any of the girls that were at St. Joseph's Home for Girls from 1962 to 1965.

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Status update | Jun 16th 2014

Maria, I just wanted to let you know I just posted my Cuban passport photo as my profile photo.

Message by Rosendo Jorge Ferrer Miralles | Jun 16th 2014

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Status update | Apr 18th 2014

Hi Maria Del Carmen, I live in Miami, my name is Alicia. I am doing a story on Pedro Pan and would love the opportunity to speak with you. Please call me at 305 606-0908 Bendiciones, Alicia

Message by Alicia Ortiz | Jul 14th 2013

Maria, I have heard from one of the girl that was in the home with us. She was 13 maybe even 14 when there so you may remember her more than I. Here is the message she left me: "HI Magaly am so glad that you send me a message. I have really forgotten a lot of the dates of when the first group got there after ours. I became a widow 3 years ago, I have 2 daughters and 4 grandkids. When you come to Miami to visit I would like very much to get together with you and your sister. Blessings. Ivy." That is Maria Ivy Pozo of Miami, FL E-mail: ivydp15@yahoo.com Telephone: 305-225-9601 Contact her, okay. Thank so much for the link to this and most of all for calling me on it this weekend about opening the link. I am so excited. I go on it every day and check on things. Love, Margie PS: Can you believe I send this to myself instead of you (lol).

Message by Margie Ferrer Charity | May 26th 2009

Maria, I have logged in and put several pictures; take a look. Try putting your picture on your profile. Love, Margie PS: Check your e-mail; I think I have found other girls from St. Joseph's.

Message by Margie Ferrer Charity | May 25th 2009

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