Florida City in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Operation Pedro Pan
Operación Pedro Pan
En este sitio, denominado Refugio de Florida City del Programa de Niños Cubanos del Buró Católico de Bienestar Social, miles de niños integrantes
Placa patrimonial de Florida auspiciada por Operación Pedro Pan Group., Inc. y el Departamento de Estado de Florida.
Erected 2012 by Operation Pedro Pan Group, Inc. and the Florida Department of State. A Florida Heritage Landmark. (Marker Number F-739.)
Location. 25° 27.59′ N, 80° 28.81′ W. Marker is in Florida City, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker is at the intersection of NW 14th Street and NW 2nd Avenue, on the right when traveling east on NW 14th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 155 NW 14th St, Homestead FL 33034, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Landmark Hotel (approx. 0.7 miles away); Redland District (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Hotel Redland (approx. ¾ mile away); The Seminole Theater (approx. ¾ mile away); Historic Town Hall (approx. 0.8 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dr. James Archer Smith House (approx. 1.3 miles away).
More about this marker. This official state historical marker is the first with both English and Spanish text. The English face is towards the street.
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Also see . . .
1. The Cuban Children’s Exodus. “Over four decades ago, Cuban parents fearing indoctrination and that the Cuban government would take away their parental authority (Submitted on February 22, 2014.)
2. Miami Herald Articles on Operation Pedro Pan. “Our family came from Havana, a beautiful city that some have called a tropical paradise. My brothers and I came to Miami on a Pan American flight and were taken to a campground that the Pedro Pan organizers had set up in Kendall, near where Town & Country Mall now stands. We were there for about two weeks before being sent to Albuquerque, N.M.” (Submitted on February 22, 2014.)
3. Peter Pan: The Fairy Tale That Became a Reality. 2012 paper by Yenisel Porro Delgado at UNC Charlotte. “No one really agrees on the exact origins of the name Operation Pedro/Peter Pan, however, there are two popular theories. The first is that Father Walsh named it Operation Pedro Pan after Pedro Menendez, a fifteen year old boy whose parents sent him to the United States alone in order to protect him from communist indoctrination. Pedro was the first boy that Walsh encountered before the start of OPP. Parents, fearing for their children’s safety, began to send their children to the United States through tourist visas before the operation was even considered. Most who sent their children in that manner, however, had relatives and friends who would agree to care for the children temporarily. Pedro was not so fortunate, he was found in the streets homeless after his struggling caregivers had to abandon him. The second theory is that a reporter from the Miami Herald gave it the name Operation Peter Pan because it resembled the story of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys in Never Land. As Maria De Los Angeles Torres quoted from the Miami Herald, ‘This is the underground railway in the sky—Operation Peter Pan.’ ” (Submitted on February 22, 2014.)
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Hispanic Americans • Settlements & Settlers • War, Cold •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 22, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 791 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 22, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.