Cuban immigrants share precious family heirlooms to show history of Cuban exiles by Janey Fugate 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. Read more here:

Eddie Enrique Fernandez Tramezaygues

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Eddie Enrique Fernandez Tramezaygues
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Eddie Enrique Fernandez Tramezaygues
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Wednesday, July 25, 1962
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my name is Eddie Enrique Fernandez Tramezaygues nativo de Artemisa,Pinar del Rio.we left my hometown very early the morning of july 25 1962 , it was a sad departure for all of us specialy for my fathe...

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Status update | Nov 9th 2010

Gracias por escribir, Lamentablemente no nos cruzamos en Matecumbe, porque yo lo abri al principio de Aug/61 y me fui Nov-6-61 para Washington, D.C. Ojala que pronto nos podamos conocer porque como quiera que lo cortes somo "MATACUMBEROS". Como dice un amigo mio Frances, Bye Kid Voz cuidais, JAM

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Status update | Sep 21st 2010

Estimado "El Frances":Disculpa la demora en dar respuesta a tus comentarios. Muchísimas gracias por el elogio aunque no lo merezco. Sírvete a utilizar la información cuando te sea útil. Lamentablemente no te recuerdo de Matecumbe, aunque si recuerdo haber escuchado comentarios sobre un tal "frances" por aquella época. Con un fuerte abrazo de un hermano Pedro Pan, José Antonio.

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Status update | Aug 22nd 2010

OZT-YO ACUSO AL GOBIERNO CUBANO- mas de 52,000 firmas en apoyo a los derechos humanos fueron entregadas hoy por una peque~a delegacion de personas en pro de los derechos humanos en Cuba a la embajada de Cuba en Sevilla,Andalucia Espa~a, la entrega de las firmas estubo efectuada por la Sra. Ana C. Fuentes junto a un grupo de personas entre las cuales estaba un Pedro Pan este PP en nombre de todos aquellos PP amantes de la LIBERTAD hizo mencion de honor a nuestra causa Cubana. miercoles 28 de Julio de 2010 en Sevilla,Espana " El Frances "

Message by Eddie Enrique Fernandez Tramezaygues | Jul 28th 2010

Enrique, que grato es oir de ti. Pense que me habias dejado solo ante immenzo enemigo. Que Dios te guarde por sacar la cara por mi. Tu amigo, Marcos

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Message by Eddie Enrique Fernandez Tramezaygues | Jul 8th 2010

Eddie.... Gracias por tu mensaje. Yo regresé a Matecumbe en Diciembre del 1962 y lo encontré muy diferente de cuando lo dejé un año anterior cuando me despacharon para el orfelinato de St. Joseph's en Helena, Montana. Cuando primero llegué a Matecumne el 13 de Octubre del 1961, me pusieron en la cabaña de Sergio. Cuídate mi hermano.

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