Removed from his homeland for 10 years, Don Pedro spent some of this period in a prison located in Atlanta, Georgia. What were the conditions like there, and what can we say about how Don Pedro responded to them?
The last few years of his exile saw Don Pedro in New York City. With his health having been affected in prison, how did Don Pedro recover in New York City? Who did he associate with and what were his activities?
Immediate Support For The Nationalists Even before Don Pedro and the seven other Nationalist Party members were sentenced to prison, they received significant support. Many people even sacrificed from their own funds to contribute money to the costs of the nationalists’ legal defense. Immediately after the conclusion of their trial a meeting was held onContinue reading “The Campaign To Free The Nationalists”
Life At Atlanta Penitentiary Don Pedro and the seven other nationalists — Juan Antonio Corretjer, Clemente Soto Vélez, Luis F. Velázquez, Juan Gallardo Santiago, Julio H. Santiago, Pablo Rosado, and Erasmo Velázquez — were transferred to Atlanta Penitentiary on June 7, 1937. Once there, they received a number that guards and prison officials used toContinue reading “Atlanta Penitentiary”
Leaving Atlanta Penitentiary For New York Don Pedro became eligible for a conditional release from prison — parole — in 1941. An FBI document detailed his response: “On November 4, 1941, he was eligible for conditional release but refused to execute the necessary conditional release papers on the grounds that by doing so he wouldContinue reading “Columbus Hospital”
Don Pedro In New York City While so much more can be written about Don Pedro’s time in New York City between the time he left Columbus Hospital and when he returned to Puerto Rico, the oral history of Ruth Reynolds provides a number of details. As far as where he took up residence, ReynoldsContinue reading “New York City”