The sisters Patria, Minerva and María Teresa were assassinated when they returned from visiting two of their husbands in the Puerto Plata prison in 1960.

The sisters Patria, Minerva and María Teresa were assassinated when they returned from visiting two of their husbands in the Puerto Plata prison in 1960.

SALCEDO. Right in the community of Ojo de Agua, some 6.5 kilometers from this municipality, is the Monument to Las Hermanas Mirabal, a place that, like the Museum dedicated to Las Mariposas, located on the Salcedo – Tenares highway section, They give another option to the visitor to this area to learn a little more about our history of struggle and sacrifice in favor of the best national causes.

Said monument has a beautiful sculpture with three Hs in its center, which also gives the impression that at times the person who stops to observe them can also identify them as an M, which gives a visual connotation that they could well be interpreted. like HM, or Mirabal Sisters.

At one end of the monument, the visitor can appreciate the twisted chassis of the Jeep, which was driven on that fateful November 25, 1960, by Rufino de la Cruz.

However, we must continue to clarify that this noble peasant was not the girls’ driver, because, not finding anyone to go with, since all those who had been invited for the trip had refused due to the danger of the moment, he said present. and they immediately set out on their march.

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The Mirabal Sisters, in the jeep that transported them to Puerto Plata, where they were killed.

The chassis, twisted and painted in a light metal gray for its conservation, gives the reader an idea of ​​the impact of the blows suffered against the place where it fell, after the henchmen at the service of the dictatorship, assassinated on the Mará Bridge. Picá, close to Puerto Plata to where to visit their husbands, sisters, Patria, Minerva, María Teresa and Rufino de la Cruz.

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In front of the monument, the parental house of the Mirabal Sisters is intact, where they lived with their parents Enrique Mirabal and Chea Reyes and with their other sister Dede Mirabal.

There, it can be seen, a store that is right next to the house, whose store supplied agricultural products and others to many of the businesses in the area, while right next to it, there is a soccer and baseball field, donated by the Mirabal-Reyes family, as well as a Community Center and the highly visited Eco-Parque de las Paz, a place that we will be addressing in our next delivery for the delight and knowledge of all of you.

A note

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In June 1962, the trial began against Ciriaco de la Rosa, Alfonso Cruz Valerio, Emilio Estrada Malleta, Ramón Emilio Rojas Lora and Néstor Antonio Pérez Terrero, accused of being the material authors of the multiple crimes. Sandito Almonte, Cándido Torres Tejada, Víctor Alicinio Peña Rivera, Silvio Antonio Gómez Santana, Viterbo Álvarez (Pechito), Pedro Peña Ortiz and David Olivero were tried as accomplices.

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