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Luis J. Botifoll Oral History Project

  • CHC5212
  • Colección
  • 2008-2013

The Luis J. Botifoll Oral History Project collection includes videos, outlines, and selected transcripts of oral history interviews conducted principally with members of the first generations of Cubans exiled since the Cuban Revolution. Interviews...

Arboleya, Carlos

Former Vice Chairman Barnett Bank of South Florida, N.A. and civic leader recognized for his leadership in the scouting movement

Benguria, Carmina

Cuban poet and last surviving “recitadora” of the 1940s and 1950s, who attained fame in 1959, at the triumph of the Revolution, for her rendering of the Marcha triunfal del Ejército Rebelde, only to became a Cuban exiled soon after.

Chirino, Willy

Renowned Cuban-American salsa singer and music producer. Chirino has recorded over 20 albums since 1974, winning a Grammy in 2006 for Best Salsa/Merenge Album.

Clark, Juan M.

Well-known sociologist, and professor emeritus at Miami Dade College. A Bay of Pigs veteran and former political prisoner, Dr. Clark is the author, among other works, of Cuba, mito y realidad (Saeta Ediciones, 1992).

Diaz, Sonia

Interviewed with Martha del Pino, two Miami-area ballet instructors who founded the Coral Gables-based Academia Cubana de Ballet

Dúran, Alfredo

Bay of Pigs veteran who chaired the Florida Democratic Party from 1976 to 1980.  By appointment by Florida governor Reubin Askew in 1973, he was the first Hispanic to serve on the Miami-Dade County School Board. A former president of the Veteran’s...

Fleitas, Andrés

Legend of Cuban baseball and distinguished player in the old Cuban professional league and internationally who was elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.

Germain, Miguel

Cuban activist of Haitian descent who served as president of Municipios de Cuba en el Exilio in the early 1970s, which probably made him the first black Cuban to preside over a Cuban exile organization in Miami.

Iriondo, Sylvia G.

Founder and President of Mothers Against Repression (MAR), an organization that fights for the democratization of Cuba. Iriondo is an internationally recognized human rights activist.

Rodriguez, Felix Ismael

Former Central Intelligence Agency operative best known for leading the interrogation and execution of Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Bolivia in 1967. Rodríguez also participated in the Bay of Pigs invasion, and became president of the Brigade...

Romani, Salvador

Journalist and political leader of the Cuban exile community in Venezuela for over 35 years, with extensive knowledge of that community's development and political influence. Romaní is now a twice-exiled Cuban in Miami.

Suarez, Diego R.

Graduate of the Civic-Military Institute at Ceiba del Agua, Cuba, who started an agricultural equipment design and manufacturing firm in Havana. Exiled in 1961, he continued in that line of work and today is the largest manufacturer of field equip...

Vazquez, Eva

Actress in radio, theater and TV in Cuba in the 1940s and 1950s, who married actor Carlos Badías. Her son, Carlos Alberto Badías, was a famous romantic lead in the early 1950s who later became a political prisoner under Castro

Alonso, Hilda

Alonso, a Miami nun who directed Havana's Colegio La Inmaculada school for girls before the Cuban Revolution and later founded Las Hermanas de la Caridad (Sisters of Charity), an organization that distributes food and medical supplies to comm...

Angelita Castany

Angelita Castany, a Cuban vedette, singer, actress, and entertainer who relocated to Mexico following the Cuban Revolution. She is most famous for singing and performing pieces by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona.

Candela, Hilario

Cuban-born architect who was influential in developing Miami’s modern look. At the age of 26, he designed Marine Stadium, which was constructed in 1963 on Virginia Key, Florida.

Cárdenas, Isidro

Cao, interviewed with Neida Revuelta,are the husband and wife Cuban folksingers best known for their Spanish-language radio program with La Poderosa station in Miami.

Father Sergio Carrillo

Father Sergio Carrillo, a veteran paratrooper at the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1960 and later exiled to the United States. He was ordained in the Archdiocese of Miami in 1982, and has served as a priest in Miami, Guatemala and Colombia.

Fernandez, Camilo

One of the founders of the Asociación Pro Cuba (Pro-Cuba Association) of Elizabeth, New Jersey and president of the Junta Patriótica Cubana (Patriotic Cuban Junta) in that area

Fiallo, Delia Pascual

Author of radio dramas and television novellas, who found success both in pre-Revolutionary Cuba and after her exile in the United States. Among her most famous works are Soraya, El Angel Perverso, and Lidia Sandoval.

Gómez Gómez, José

One of the thousands of Spaniards who emigrated from Galicia to Cuba and established himself in the Cuban middle class of the 1950s. Gómez Gómez followed his Cuban family and friends into exile in Miami, where he was one of the founders and still ...

José Andreu

José Andreu, Chief of Civil Affairs from the Brigade G5 during the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. After studying philosophy in Germany and management of cooperatives in England, and receiving a law degree from the University of Madrid in Spain, And...

Leon Jr., Benjamin

Founder and CEO of Leon Medical Centers (LMC), a seven-clinic medical group that focuses on healthcare for Hispanic seniors.  With his father, León ran Miami’s first pre-paid medical center, Clinica Asociación Cubana.

Mesa-Marti Betancourt Sharpe, Lidia

Widow of Juan René Betancourt, president of the Federation of Cuban Societies of Color who wrote a number of books about racial discrimination in Cuba in the 1950s.  Mrs. Sharpe is owner of the Little Havana Restaurant on Cornelia Street in Manhat...

Pichardo, Ernesto

Co-founder of the Church of Lukumí Babalú Aye in Hialeah, Florida and Santeria priest and advocate. In 1992, his church won the U.S. Supreme Court case against the City of Hialeah over a city ordinance barring the sacrifice of animals during Sante...

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