News

Az

The Cuban flag that draped the coffin of legendary artist Celia Cruz during her memorial services held in Miami and New York City was given as a gift from the Municipios de Cuba en el Exilio to Cruz’s family. The Celia Cruz Foundation and Pedro Knight than donated it to the Cuban Heritage Collection [CHC] at the Otto G. Richter Library for permanent preservation and display.

“Celia was, and is, a Cuban idol,” Anamaria Guerrero-Machado, who was at the event, said.

In the summer of 1999, Cruz received an honorary doctorate degree from UM.

“Celia is the kind of person that you meet and you feel you’ve known her your whole life,” Raquel Padron, who met Celia when she received her honorary degree, said.

Cruz’s career in music and film spanned over five decades. She recorded over 70 albums and was featured in several movies and novels throughout her life.

“Celia is life,” Alex Penelas, Miami-Dade mayor, said. “Through this flag and collection, the thousands of students that come to the University of Miami every year will be able to learn more about the Cuban people and community.”

Jorge A. Plasencia, vice-president of the Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation, said he recalled that Cruz had once mentioned that when she died, whoever was organizing her memorial services needed to find a funeral home with a lot of parking.

Plasencia said that not even Cruz could have imagined it would take over 20 parking lots and an entire Metro-Rail system to accommodate the thousands upon thousands of fans that came to visit Cruz during her memorial service held in Downtown Miami.

“Celia’s goodbye was one of the largest and most memorable in the history of America,” Plasencia said. I

>> For more information on the Celia Cruz collection, contact Richter Library at 305-284-2210, or visit the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion on the second floor of Richter Library.

July 28, 2004

Reporters

The Miami Hurricane

Student newspaper at the University of Miami


Around the Web
  • Miami Herald
  • UM News
  • HurricaneSports

1. MARLINS: Jeter's Fish trade Gordon. Stanton next?: While others spend -- like the Angels to ...

A six-pack of Hurricanes notes on a Thursday: ▪ With the first ever early signing period just two we ...

University of Miami coach Mark Richt and Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst sat on a stage poolside at the ...

Former pro wrestler and promoter The Tennessee Stud Ron Fuller was interviewed by Ryan K. Boman of T ...

The University of Miami has its future quarterback. Jarren Williams, a consensus four-star, dual-thr ...

Graduating with Comedic Timing ...

The top graduate from UM's School of Education and Human Development shines in the classroom. ...

Students in University of Miami’s School of Communication’s Orange Umbrella Student Consultancy garn ...

Through its new Leadership UMiami program, the Butler Center for Service and Leadership is empowerin ...

A Biomedical Engineering Major and campus leader, Sterlie Achille involved herself in many activitie ...

The University of Miami women's basketball team earned an impressive 65-54 win over No. 20/23 K ...

After its longest break of the season thus far, the University of Miami women's basketball team ...

Miami senior wide receiver Braxton Berrios, a double major in finance and entrepreneurship, was name ...

University of Miami head volleyball coach Jose "Keno" Gandara is excited to announce a fou ...

University of Miami women's volleyball player Brooke McDermott is an active member in the Hurri ...

TMH Twitter Feed
About TMH

The Miami Hurricane is the student newspaper of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. The newspaper is edited and produced by undergraduate students at UM and is published weekly in print on Tuesdays during the regular academic year.