Wednesday, September 30, 2020

cuban refugees

From left, Marcos Calderon, Rodosvaldo Pozo, Ernesto Rodriguez and Tomas Consuegra Rodriguez, shared their experiences to a packed house at the Monroe County Local History Room of being Cuban refugees. The four men arrived at Ft. McCoy during the Mariel Boatlift of 1980. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Monday, February 17, 2020 - 11:06am
Forty years ago this summer, Marcos Calderon, Rodosvaldo Pozo, Ernesto Rodriguez and Tomas Consueergra Rodriguez, arrived on America’s shores as refugees from Cuba. The four men, in their early 20s at the time, were among the 124,796 arriving in southern Florida as part of the Mariel Boatlift, the...
Hannah Scholze, Monroe County Local History Room museum services associate, works on an exhibit of  Cuban refugees who were relocated to Ft. McCoy in 1980. The exhibit opens Friday. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 10:01am
Forty years ago, this summer, Monroe County and Ft. McCoy were on the international radar. That was the year Fidel Castro opened up his borders, allowing any citizen who wanted to go to the U.S. to leave. Called the Mariel Boatlift, it brought 125,000 refugees to American shores, 14,000 of which...

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