Marieleños hold reunion to celebrate the other Mariel A banquet hall in west Miami-Dade on Sunday became a time machine of sorts to the early Twentieth Century Cuba -- and the town of Mariel.


Woman's question boosted Mariel

Thirty years ago, the end of the Mariel boatlift, marked end of Jimmy Carter's efforts to normalize relations with Cuba Miami's Merle Frank never expected what followed after she asked President Jimmy Carter in 1980 how he could help her city with the mass of Cubans arriving on the Mariel boatlift.


Drummer who arrived in U.S. via Mariel boatlift gets national recognition

Ezequiel Torres has made a life celebrating his ancestors. And now the master Afro-Cuban drummer and artisan is one of nine artists to be celebrated across the United States, all recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship Award. It is the nation's highest honor for folk and traditional artists.


Where are Filer's students of Mariel?

In September 1980, I was asked to assist with a large group of students who had come from Cuba in the Mariel boatlift. At Henry H. Filer Junior High in Hialeah, now a middle school, we took in many of these Mariel students after they had been moved there from nearby Miami Central High School.


Mariel photos evoke pivotal stories

OK, we give up. The Miami Herald's efforts to find a baby in an iconic 1980 Mariel boatlift photograph as part of the 30th anniversary of the famed exodus has officially . . . failed.


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