- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - A history project featuring people who worked or were held at the U.S. naval base in Cuba has arrived in Miami.

The Guantanamo Public Memory Project opened Thursday at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.

Haitians fleeing their Caribbean homeland after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s 1991 ouster were held there after being intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard. Most eventually were returned to Haiti.

In 1994, the base also held Cubans caught at sea after Fidel Castro announced anyone who wanted to leave the island could flee. Most eventually were allowed to stay in the U.S.

The project continues Aug. 23 at HistoryMiami, where people are invited to share memories and artifacts from Guantanamo. Exhibits and panel discussions will continue next month at Florida International University and the University of Miami.

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