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Grillo Family Scrapbook

Every immigration story is unique. These photo album pages show migrant Aníval Grillo with Cuban-born Berta Juana Junco Grillo, their family, and friends in Washington, D.C. The Cuban American Grillo siblings, Evelio, Henry, Aníval, and Sylvia, moved there from Florida in the 1930s. Like many Black Southerners, they migrated North. They found new opportunities in Washington, D.C.’s African American community.

Black paper-backed photo from a 1940s photo album, belonging to the Afro-Cuban Grillo family.
Grillo Family Scrapbook. 1945. Loan from Rosa Grillo
Grillo Family Scrapbook. 1945. Loan from Rosa Grillo
Black paper-backed photo from a 1940s photo album, belonging to the Afro-Cuban Grillo family.
1943. Loan from Rosa Grillo 
1943. Loan from Rosa Grillo 
Black paper-backed photo album page with 3 photos from a 1940s photo album, belonging to the Afro-Cuban Grillo family.
1946. Loan from Rosa Grillo
1946. Loan from Rosa Grillo

Cherished Memories

These photos show the Grillo family's cherished memories. The first page showcases images taken in 1943 at Nelson Grillo's baptism at Sacred Heart Church in Washington. The second scrapbook page features images taken on August 9, 1946. The photos show Aníval Grillo, Berta Juana Junco Grillo, and their young family on vacation in Havana, Cuba. After the Cuban Revolution, travel and communication between the U.S. and Cuba was limited. Many families and friends were cut off from one another.

Connecting to the Present

Listen to Jonathan Fernández discuss growing up as a child of Latin American immigrant parents in Hialeah, Miami. Jonathan describes how both he and his sister often acted as interpreters for their family.

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Jonathan Fernandez, Foro Storyteller, 2021. National Museum of the American Latino
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