Operaci?n Pedro PanOn this site, which was officially known as the Florida City Shelter of the Catholic Welfare Bureau's Children's Program, thousands of Operation Pedro Pan children found refuge from Communist Cuba between 1961 and 1966. Operation Pedro Pan was conceived and organized by Monsignor Bryan O. Walsh of the Archdiocese of Miami and James Baker, headmaster of Ruston Academy in Havana, Cuba, at the request of parents who sought to prevent Communist indoctrination of their children. It was financed largely by the United States Government with full support of the Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson administrations, and was supervised by the State of Florida. Between December 1960 and October 1962, over 14,000 Pedro Pan children arrived in South Florida. The Florida City shelter was the largest of the Operation's facilities in the state. It housed girls 5-19 years old and boys under 13 who lived in home units under the care of exiled Cuban couples who served as house parents. Its day-to-day operations were managed by Catholic priests and Sisters of St. Philip Neri. Many Operation Pedro Pan children went on to plant deep roots in the region and made significant contributions to Florida and the nation.
|Placed By||Operation Pedro Pan Group, Inc. and the Florida Department of State. A Florida Heritage Landmark|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 7:16pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17R E 552259 N 2815967|
|Decimal Degrees||25.45983333, -80.48016667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 25° 27.59', W 80° 28.81'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||25° 27' 35.40" N, 80° 28' 48.60" W|
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|Area Code(s)||305, 786|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 200 NW 14th St, Florida City FL 33034, US|
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