In Search of Freedom: Cuban Exiles and the U.S. Cuban Refugee Program

We invite you to visit us to view our latest exhibition, In Search of Freedom: Cuban Exiles and the U.S. Cuban Refugee Program, the launch of which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Cuban Refugee Program.

The exodus from Cuba that began with the Revolution of 1959 lacked precedent in Cuban history. The United States had never before been the first country of asylum for such a large number of political refugees – 1,700 per week by the end of 1960. The American response to the crisis also made history through the U.S. Cuban Refugee Program of 1961 that welcomed more than half a million exiles during the next two decades.

This exhibition is on display through June in the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion on the second floor of the Otto G. Richter Library. An online version of this exhibit highlighting just some of the unique photographs from the Cuban Refugee Center Records will be made available soon. There will also be a related event in March co-sponsored by the Federation of Cuban Students and Operation Pedro Pan Group. Additional details will be forthcoming.