New Hope Celebrate Gay History Month with the Mariel Boatlift Exhibit

Photo: Garry Lenton, photographer, Cuban Refugees at Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, 1980. Lebanon Daily News. Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

“With Open Hearts and Open Arms” – The Mariel Boatlift Exhibit

New Hope Celebrates History is proud to be the second venue in the State of Pennsylvania to debut a new historical exhibit “With Open in Hearts and Open Arms”, a story of the Mariel Boatlift created by the PA LGBT History Network. Beginning in Harrisburg Pa. in September, it will then be on display at New Hope Historical Society’s Parry Mansion.

Known as “The Mariel Boatlift”, it tells the story, in multi-media panels about the 1980 plight of 25,000 Cuban LGBTQ individuals who vied to leave Cuba after gross mistreatment by government authorities for being gay or transgendered. The Mariel Boatlift is a well known and documented rescue of these emigrants and 100,000 other unwanted Cuban refugees. Many were subsequently taken from Miami to homes and shelters in Pennsylvania, including Bucks County, where they now reside. 

The New Hope exhibit VIP opening will take place on Oct. 3, 2020, after the official Rainbow Flag Unfurling, signifying the beginning of New Hope Celebrates Pride. The opening, from 3-5 pm, is part of New Hope Celebrates Day of History commemorating October as National LGBT History Month. Times and fundraiser ticket information to follow.

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