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Freedom Tower Officially Donated to Miami Dade College and Unanimously Recommended as National Historic Landmark

National Park System Advisory Board made recommendation to the Secretary of the Interior.
Freedom Tower

Miami, July 23, 2008 - The transfer of the Freedom Tower to Miami Dade College (MDC) from Pedro Martin and family has been finalized. In related news, the National Park System Advisory Board met in Washington, D.C. today and voted unanimously to recommend the Freedom Tower at MDC for designation as a National Historic Landmark.  This action sets in motion a review by the National Park Service and Department of the Interior culminating in a final determination by the Secretary of the Interior. 

As the college awaits the final decision, it is poised to protect this iconic structure which was the original home of the Miami News and the former Cuban Refugee Center welcoming hundreds of thousands of Cubans to America's shores. It is now a cultural and educational center for the entire community.

“Miami Dade College, the Miami Dade College Foundation and Friends of Miami Dade College, Inc. celebrate the unanimous recommendation of the National Park Service Advisory Board. We also take this moment to once again thank Pedro Martin and family and the Terra Group for donating the Freedom Tower to the college for future generations to enjoy,” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College. “This legacy of giving will have added significance as the Freedom Tower will soon be recognized as a national treasure.”

The Martin family announced the donation of the Freedom Tower to the college in November of 2005, one of the most significant donations in the history of Miami. The George A. Fuller, Schultze & Weaver designed building has been listed in the Register for Historic Places since 1979. It is Miami’s landmark building. The National Historic Landmark designation is reserved for those structures deemed to have a significant impact on our nation's history.   

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