Freedom Tower “is seeking donations such as photos, trinkets, official paperwork, passports, immunization cards, toys, and clothing worn during the trip to the U.S.”
The tower is significant because it represents the important story of the Cuban exodus to America and resettlement during the Cold War. It is also referred to as the “Ellis Island of the South,” Mikolajczak said. Built in 1926, the tower was the original home of the Miami Daily News.
Once the exhibit opens on the second-floor of the tower, it will be divided into two areas: A permanent display will showcase the Freedom Tower’s role as a processing center. The second hall will showcase Cuban exoduses, starting with Operation Pedro Pan, which took place between 1960 and 1962 and brought more than 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban children to Miami. Many of the children later received medical care and other services at the tower once they reunited with their parents in Miami.