CUBAN BOAT & FLAGLER PAINTINGS DISPLAYED AT FLORIDA KEYS HISTORY & DISCOVERY CENTER

A recent addition to the first-floor exhibits is a display of Flagler Railroad and Marathon train station paintings by noted Key West/Miami Beach philanthropist Albert Perez.

The Florida Keys History & Discovery Foundation is opening two new displays.

The Cuban boat exhibit talks about the many modes of transport that immigrants from Cuba and other Caribbean countries have used to reach the Florida Keys shores. This display is outside the museum and free to the public. 

“We have been told this boat is actually considered a ‘Cadillac,’ as most arrived on rafts, chugs and balsas,” said Rich Russell, board chairman. 

A recent addition to the first-floor exhibits is a display of Flagler Railroad and Marathon train station paintings by noted Key West/Miami Beach philanthropist Albert Perez, who passed away in 2007. These paintings were donated by Kelly Moran, in honor of her parents, Clifford and Lucille Moran, who purchased them from The Caboose Restaurant when it closed in Marathon. 

“Kelly was honored that the museum accepted these and they can now be on display where others might enjoy a glimpse into the past,” said Bonnie Barnes, executive director.

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