Historic Markers Across Florida



Rafters



Marker ID:  
Location: Overseas Highway (at milepost 78), 1.9 miles south of Old Florida Route 4A, Islamorada, FL
County: Monroe
Coordinates: N 24° 53.365    W 080° 40.567
  24.88941666    -80.67611666
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None
 



Text:

Rafters


This plaque is in memory of the many Cubans who were desperate to leave Castros' communist Cuba. They left their homes and families trying to cross the 90 miles of sea in rafts, innertubes or anything that would float.

Not knowing what rough seas and storms would be encountered, hundreds or even thousands were lost and never heard from again.

This is in memory of those who lost their lives, and those who made it to this country. They are now free, contributing to their new homeland here as teachers, business people, political leaders and the economy of our state


Notes:

One of a group of three markers on boulders on the ocean side of Overseas Highway