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Impact of the “Bay of Pigs” on Miami
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62
N 25° 45.890 W 080° 13.500
17R E 577715 N 2849869
Quick Description: Located at SW 9th Street and SW 18th Avenue
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 9/14/2018 8:19:35 PM
Waymark Code: WMZ5VA
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member the federation
Views: 2

Long Description:
In the early months of 1961 Cuban refugees in Miami flew from Opa-Locka airport to Guatemala to become part of the almost 1300 men of Brigade 2506. The Brigade's Bay of Pigs Invasion on April 17,1961, resulted in defeat with over 100 men killed and the rest imprisoned. The invasion's failure did not destroy the dream of returning to Cuba, but it did make many look at Miami as more than a temporary refuge. Careers, education and the starting of new lives became important concerns of the refugees. At the same time the Cuban community anxiously waited while negotiations between the U.S. and Cuba secured the release of the prisoners. Two days before Christmas in 1962 the prisoners began arriving by air at Homestead Air Force Base and were reunited with their families at Dinner Key Auditorium.
Marker Number: None

Date: None

County: Miami-Dade

Marker Type: City

Sponsored or placed by: Eastern Airlines in cooperation with the Historical Association of Southern Florida

Website: Not listed

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