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A Museum 10 Years In The Making Emerges For Cuban Exiles

Rebekah Entralgo
The American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora, located at 1200 Coral Way in Miami.

Those who have driven on Coral Way in Miami over the past 10 years may be familiar with a banner across a building that read, "Cuban museum coming soon." Now that museum is finally complete.

Originally founded in 1996 as the "Cuban Museum," the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora has been undergoing a rebranding process. 

"The name 'Cuban Museum' could mean anything about Cuba," said founding director Ileana Fuentes. "We wanted this museum to be focused on the art of the exiles."

Fuentes hopes this museum will be what she calls a "museum of memories," a place for exiles to connect with their forgotten past. 

"A museum of memories is crucial for a people, a nation, to understand and know their history," said Fuentes. 

Luis Cruz Azaceta is the first featured artist. The museum will have its grand opening on November 19th, 38 years to the day since Azaceta left Cuba.