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May 20 is Cuban Independence Day


On May 20, 1902 Tomas Estrada Palma took office as Cuba’s first President, elected by the people in fair and free elections. To many Cuban Americans this date commemorates the beginning of Cuba’s sovereignty.

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Join us for this special event and learn more
about the history of Cubans in Rhode Island

May 20, 2014 | 5:00 pm | South Providence
Community Library | 441 Prairie Ave| Providence, RI

Marta V. Martínez, Executive Director of Rhode Island Latino Arts and Project Director of Nuestras Raíces: The Latino Oral History Project of Rhode Island will speak about the oral history project, and will share new research on the history of Cuban immigration to Rhode Island.

Miriam Gorriaran, Cuban Rhode Islander will share her personal story of fleeing Cuba after Fidel Castro took over the island.

Ana Flores, Cuban American artist and long time Charlestown resident, will speak about her ongoing artistic exploration of the island and its history. Her new book, The Island Draws Me, is a compilation of her sculptures and writings that resulted after two trips back to the island in 2002, and 2012.

• Refreshments will be served.
• Free and open to the public.

The collection of RI Cuban Stories has been made possible
with a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities