The Freedom Tower

Since the 1959 Cuban Revolution, Miami has been a destination for many Cuban artists, intellectuals and musicians. Upon arrival, many of them first passed through the Freedom Tower. Located downtown, the building stands as a symbol of Cuban immigration to the United States. Originally the headquarters for the Miami News & Metropolis, from 1962-1974 the federal government used the facility to process, document and provide medical and dental care for the flood of refugees from the Cuban Revolution. It became known as the Freedom Tower,. Today, it is an historic landmark. On July 19, 2003, thousands of music fans visited the site to pay their last respects to the late salsa queen, Celia Cruz, whose body was taken to Miami after her death.