dede mirabal

Rest in power Dedé Mirabal (3/1/1925 - 2/1/2014)

Dedé was the last living member of the MIrabal sisters. Four sisters, Patria, Minerva, Maria Teresa and Dede Mirabal had the courage to stand up to Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, who ruled the country from 1930 to 1938 and from 1942 to 1952. They distributed pamphlets about Trujillo’s numerous victims and engaged in other activities against the oppressive regime.

The sisters were arrested and imprisoned frequently, but they refused to back down. Finally on Nov. 25, 1960, Patria, 36, Minerva, 34, and Maria Teresa, 25, along with their driver, were clubbed to death by Trujillo’s men. Trujillo himself was assassinated just six months later.

The Mirabal sisters became international heroines for their work for democracy. That’s why so many locals were saddened Saturday when they learned the last surviving Mirabal sister, Dede — Bélgica Adela Mirabal-Reyes — died just a month short of her 89th birthday.

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They are physically gone, but their legacy will last for Eternity. This watercolor painting  I did is in honor of the last butterfly “Dedé Mirabal"and her take off 01/02/2014, after 54 years they are together in heaven. Dedé was the last living member of the Mirabal sisters. Four sisters, Patria, Minerva, Maria Teresa and Dede Mirabal had the courage to stand up to Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. The death of the Mirabal sisters marked the modern history of the Dominican Republic. In turn, the ideals of those who died have been an example and inspiration to the world.

TOMÁS VIDAL RODRÍGUEZ tomassv63@hotmail   Falleció ayer a las 3:00 de la tarde Bélgica Adela Mirabal (Doña Déde Mirabal) último reducto de la familia Mirabal que enfrentó la tiraní­a de Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina y asumió el reto de criar y educar los hijos de sus hermanas que quedaron huérfanos, porque la dictadura mató sus […]