Maria Antonia Barroso Dedric

General Information
Current Name
Maria Antonia Fernandez
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Maria Antonia Barroso Dedric
Age on Arrival
9
Date of Arrival
Friday, December 22, 1961
Relocated To
CWB - Florida City/Relocated to St. Anthony Villa Orphanage in Toledo, Ohio
Stayed With
Cuban family briefly at the camp then stayed at the orphanage for 9 months

Maria Antonia's Story

My Pedro Pan Experience

My name is Maria A.Fernandez, but back then I was Maria Antonia Barroso y Dedric. I was one of the many unaccompanied children that had been sent to the U.S. i...

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Dear Maria, I would like to begin with a belated happy birthday. I hope you do not mind me emailing you. It is me, a true friend from your days in the Bronx. Please understand that I really need to let you know something about when we were friends. When I ended our friendship I told you that I no longer loved you. That was a lie. I was forced to tell you that due to a serious problem I had with my parents. They would always be abusive with me when I told them I spent time with you. I apologize to you and your family for their anti Hispanic feelings. It broke my heart to hurt you, but I risked broken bones had I not done so. I went to college and became a preschool teacher. I have never married, and I have no children. Right now I'm retired, and live in Bennington Vermont. I moved in with my mother when my father passed away in January of this year. I lost my brother in 2007, his kidneys failed. Maria please trust me that I needed to email you to finally have closure about what happened between us. I was going to come clean with you when we last spoke, on your birthday in 1970. (June 6th). However i decided not to ruin your day, so I left it alone. I did try to contact your sister Mercedes back it the 90's. I think she was at Columbia prespertian hospital at the time,. When I did not receive an answer, I thought I must have had the wrong person. The second I saw your photo, I knew it was you, and I had to send this email. In closing I send my prayers and best wishes to your whole family. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Just emailing you has allowed the healing process begin after 44 years. and I now know that you know the real truth. Thank you, Angelo

Message by Angelo J Gallina | Jun 16th 2013

Thank You for keeping it real.

Message by Marta S Castillo Valero | Jul 15th 2012

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Status update | Jul 7th 2012

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Status update | Jul 7th 2012

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Status update | Apr 15th 2012

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Status update | Apr 15th 2012

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Status update | Apr 15th 2012

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