CUBAN BOAT AND FLAGLER PAINTINGS ON DISPLAY AT THE FLORIDA KEYS HISTORY & DISCOVERY CENTER

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

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

The Cuban Boat Exhibit speaks to the many modes of transportation that immigrants from Cuba and other Caribbean countries used to reach the shores of the Florida Keys. This exhibition is outside the museum and free to the public.

“We were told that this boat is actually considered a ‘Cadillac’ because most arrived on rafts, chugs and balsas,” said Rich Russell, chairman of the board.

A recent addition to the first floor exhibits is a display of paintings of Flagler Railroad and Marathon Station by famed Key West/Miami Beach philanthropist Albert Perez, who died in 2007. These paintings were donated by Kelly Moran, in l honor of his parents. , Clifford and Lucille Moran, who bought them from Caboose Restaurant when it closed in Marathon.

“Kelly was honored that the museum accepted them and they can now be displayed where others could get a glimpse of the past,” said Bonnie Barnes, executive director.

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