Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Cuban Peter Pans

Between 1960 and 1962, 14,000 children fled Cuba to the US as part of an exodus known as Operation Pedro Pan.   The kids arrived in Miami and then were sent to stay with relatives, foster families and orphanages until their parents could reunite with them.

There's a new exhibit at the HistoryMiami Museum that explores their stories. I wrote an article about the exhibit and interviewed a Pedro Pan alum who arrived by a ferry to Palm Beach.

The photo on the left is a display at the exhibit that represents the shoes of the children who landed in Miami on Pan Am flights.

Photo below is of a Miami Herald article about the exodus written by Gene Miller. The article is also on display at the museum.