You will see statutes, paintings, and murals of this woman all over Miami. Many times she is depicted with a small boat and the three "Juans" who discovered her. Who is this angelic woman, and why is she so important to Cubans?
Almost 400 years ago, two Cuban brothers and a ten-year-old slave boy were crossing the Bay of Nipe when a strong storm blew up. (They were in search of salt to preserve meat for nearby copper miners that's where the "el Cobre" comes from.) The three sought shelter that night on the shore. In the morning they saw a small bundle floating in the water. They rowed out to see what it was. Inside was a small statue of the Virgin Mary with an inscription: "I am the Virgin of Charity."
Ever since, the statue of "Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre" (and thousands of reproductions) has become the most revered religious symbol in Cuba and in Miami.
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