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A new Tampa Bay History Center exhibit explores Tampa's ties to Cuba

One man is gesturing towards a poster on the wall of an exhibit on the history of Cuba. Another man records him on a microphone during an interview.
Dinorah Prevost
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WUSF Public Media
Museum curator Brad Massey walks WUSF reporter Steve Newborn through the new Cuban Pathways exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center. He's explaining the Afro-Cuban section of the exhibit to Newborn. The exhibit is open through next February.

It explores a relationship that started almost 500 years before South Florida's better known tie to the island.

This week on Florida Matters, we take a walking tour of a Tampa Bay History Center exhibit highlighting the Cuba-Tampa connection.

Called Cuban Pathways, it explores a relationship that started almost 500 years before South Florida's better known tie to the island.

Host Steve Newborn and curator Brad Massey touch on the influence of Afro-Cuban immigrants who moved to Tampa and the city's role in the Cuba's fight for independence from Spain and later in the island's communist revolution.

At the beginning of the episode, Newborn also visits Parque Jose Marti, a small memorial park for Jose Marti, who was integral to Cuba's independence fight and traveled to Tampa often. Until 2015, it was only the only piece of Cuban-owned land in the United States.

You can listen to the full conversation with Massey by clicking on the “Listen” button above. Or you can listen on the WUSF app under “Programs & Podcasts.”

Hi there! I’m Dinorah Prevost and I’m the producer of Florida Matters, WUSF's weekly public affairs show. That basically means that I plan, record and edit the interviews we feature on the show.
Steve Newborn is a WUSF reporter and producer at WUSF covering environmental issues and politics in the Tampa Bay area.