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A Waiting Room in the Cuban Refugee Center, 1965

After the Cuban Revolution, the United States welcomed anti-communist exiles as refugees. Many hoped their residence in the U.S. would be temporary, even as tense relations between the U.S. and Cuba were exacerbated by Cold War events such as the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion. Before touching U.S. soil, Cubans first had to wait in refugee centers, as shown in this 1965 photograph.

Courtesy of Cuban Refugee Center Records, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries.