Margarita Lora's Dress

Margarita Lora's Dress

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Between 1960 and 1962, over fourteen thousand children traveled from Cuba to the United States for an exodus that is now known as Operation Pedro Pan. After the Cuban revolution, some Cuban parents feared for their children's futures under the new Communist regime. They entrusted the Catholic Church, aid societies, and the U.S. State Department to connect their children with awaiting relatives and friends in the United States. Some were cared for by the Catholic Welfare Bureau and placed in temporary shelters in Miami before being relocated to foster families in 30 different States. These groups cared for children until the families could be reunited. Margarita Lora, who owned this dress, was one of the children brought to the United States as part of Operation Pedro Pan from Cuba to Miami, Florida on August 14, 1961. She was eight years old, and ended up in foster care with her sister and two brothers, in Syracuse, New York.
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Cuba: Cuba
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Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
plastic (buttons material)
center back: 25 3/4 in; 65.405 cm
shoulder: 11 1/2 in; 29.21 cm
waist: 12 1/2 in; 31.75 cm
waist to hem: 14 11/16 in; 37.338 cm
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Gift of Margarita Lora
Cold War
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Many Voices, One Nation
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National Museum of American History
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