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Land of Liberty
by Livia H. Lagomasino
Appliqué, hand stitching, embroidery, machine piecing
From 1966 to 1973, Freedom Flights from Cuba brought over 300,000 Cubans to Miami. Since then the boats and rafts have brought many more. Miami has also been the destination for thousands of Haitians who have come for asylum. "In 1959, Cuba was invaded by a communist regime," says Ms. Lagomasino. "My family and I had to abandon our native land, as did many hundreds of thousands of Cubans. Uprooted from all that had been our permanent existence, Miami became our refuge, the place that allowed us to be again." The quilter uses "warm, fertile, earthy colors" to represent Miami.
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