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Eva Pagán Hill

       Eva Pagán Hill spent her earliest years in Miami in the 1940s and 1950s. Her father worked traveling across the state and she was a frequent traveler with him. Her aunt was Petroamérica Pagán de Colón, an important figure in the Migration Division, who made trips to Florida to observe the conditions of Puerto Rican laborers in Florida fields. In this excerpt from her oral history recorded in 2008, she talks about her experiences of Florida’s racial segregation.

Eva Pagán Hill's grandmother moving to Miami 1952

Eva Pagán Hill’s grandmother arriving at the Miami airport in 1952. Standing, from left to right: Modesta Colón (Titi Moya) and friend; Luz Margarita Pagán (Eva’s sister); Evarista De León (Eva’s maternal grandmother); María Rivera (grandmother’s companion). Front: Alida Pagán Colón (daughter of Modesta).

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