shrine sparks plan for Tower
Tower's owners have revealed final details for a museum that will pay tribute
to exiles and be housed in the 75-year-old, 17-story building, which has sat
vacant off Biscayne Boulevard for years.
to open in May 2002, the building's main floor will be dedicated to the trials
faced by all political exiles not just Cubans Jorge Mas Santos,
chairman of the Cuban American National Foundation, said on Monday.
want," he said, "the person who visits the museum to learn of the
hardships political exiles have to go through, no matter where they come from.
will never forget how I felt the first time I walked into a Holocaust museum,"
Mr. Mas Santos said. "It will touch people's emotions and make them proud
of being who they are and where they come from."
museum is one part of Freedom Tower's ongoing $20 million restoration plan.
Offices of the Cuban American National and Freedom Tower foundations will move
into the tower by May.
museum also will have a library and research area with scholars to assist with
research or interpreting historic documents, Mr. Mas Santos said.
said the museum would maintain a list with names of families who had passed
through the tower during the 1960s, when the US government used it as a service
center to process refugees arriving from Cuba.
Mas Santos said finding the money for the museum hasn't been difficult and he
thinks it will get easier as the project becomes more tangible to residents.
have gotten a lot of help from the Jewish community and historic sites preservation
groups," he said. "They helped not only with money, but with recommendations
said artifacts for the museum are welcome.
Ashley Salvador, (305) 406-1833.
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