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

Ileana (MINICO) Ortega Menendez

General Information
Current Name
Ileana Arriola (Minico)
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Ileana (MINICO) Ortega Menendez
Age on Arrival
12
Date of Arrival
Sunday, June 3, 1962
Relocated To
CWB Fla. City
Stayed With
Rev Cornelius Stefani, St John's Academy, Colfax, Wa

Ileana (MINICO)'s Story

NOW HERE THIS "NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO COPY PART OR SECTION OF MY STORY AT ALL" COÑO QUE NO ENTIENDEN ALGUNOS ABNORMALES?"

I came when I was 12 yrs old. I remember that Mima before us leaving Guir...

Click here to read the full story

Ileana (MINICO)'s News Feed

Leave a public message for Ileana (MINICO).

<< Prev Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Next >>

Ileana (MINICO) says: Bueno si no lo pueden leer bien, vayan a mi pagina y ahi lo tendran..jajajajaja esta de pipi de bueno !!

Status update | Feb 3rd 2010

Ileana (MINICO) says: MI GENTE QUERIDA!! LOS proximos 6 mensajes son todos un chiste de los famosos hombres con MAMITIS y como yo pase eso se los dejo saber have FUN!!!

Status update | Feb 3rd 2010

Ileana (MINICO) says: MAMITIS CRÓNICA... ..-Doctor, ya no aguanto más! A pesar de todos mis esfuerzos, mi marido no me considera. Desde que nos casamos,

Status update | Feb 3rd 2010

Ileana (MINICO) says: ..-Sí, pero no ayudó nada. ..-Tengo una idea, señora -dice el psicólogo. Si hay un lugar donde su suegra no puede rivalizar con usted, es en la ca

Status update | Feb 3rd 2010

Ileana (MINICO) says: Además póngase medias de encaje, una mini tanga y liguero negro, el color negro es muy sexy y excitante, maquíllese, use altos tacones de pulsera, neg

Status update | Feb 3rd 2010

Ileana (MINICO) says: La despampanante joven siguió todo el plan al pie de la letra, sin olvidar ningún detalle. Sentía un leve rubor en todo su cuerpo al preparase para su

Status update | Feb 3rd 2010

Ileana (MINICO) says: La verdad es que ella misma nunca se había sentido tan sexy, provocadora y voluptuosa, al mirarse de cuerpo completo en el espejo, sintió deseos por e

Status update | Feb 3rd 2010

Ileana (MINICO) says: Al llegar el marido adopta una postura provocativa; él entra a la habitación , la ve y gritando pregunta con cara de desesperación: -¿ Por qué est

Status update | Feb 3rd 2010

Ileanita: ¡Pero qué bonitas están tus fotos! Como se dice en México: Eres como una flor: con tu cara alegre y rechula derramas gozo a tu alrededor. --La clasificación científica de las suegras está bastante acertada. Gracias a Dios puedo decir que mi suegra fue el tipo ideal mientras estaba viva y aunque hace 34 años que se nos fue, todavía la echo muchísimo de menos.--Bueno, cuídate y sigue por el buen camino que vas bien. Abrazos de Yoli

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Feb 2nd 2010

Ileana (MINICO) says: Efficienc forRENT let me kow if you know anyone!! Thanks

Status update | Feb 2nd 2010

<< Prev Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Next >>

Leave a message for Ileana (MINICO)

 
Your message
Your name
Your e-mail