“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Miami in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Impact of the “Bay of Pigs” on Miami

Impact of the "Bay of Pigs" on Miami Marker image. Click for full size.
By Maggie Lora, August 14, 2015
1. Impact of the "Bay of Pigs" on Miami Marker
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.
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Erected by The Historical Association of Southern Florida.
Location. 25° 45.891′ N, 80° 13.501′ W. Marker is in Miami, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker is at the intersection of SW 9th Street and SW 18th Avenue, on the right when traveling west on SW 9th Street. Click for map.
Bay of Pigs Museum & Library image. Click for full size.
By Maggie Lora
2. Bay of Pigs Museum & Library
Located in front of the Bay of Pigs Museum & Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1821 SW 9th St, Miami FL 33135, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lummus Park Historic District (approx. 1.6 miles away); Wagner Homestead (approx. 1.6 miles away); Fort Dallas and the William F. English Plantation Slave Quarters (approx. 1.6 miles away); Vizcaya (approx. 1.7 miles away); Dade County (approx. 2 miles away); Great Miami Hurricane of 1926 (approx. 2.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Brickell Park (approx. 2.2 miles away); Mary Brickell Park (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Miami.
Also see . . .
1. Bay of Pigs Museum - Asociacion de Veteranos de Baha de Cochinos, Brigada de Asalto 2506. Association of Bay of Pigs Veterans, Assault Brigade 2506 (Submitted on August 21, 2015.) 

2. Lonely Planet. - Bay of Pigs Museum & Library. (Submitted on August 21, 2015.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Maggie Prats Lora of Boca Raton, Florida. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Maggie Prats Lora of Boca Raton, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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