“Most people think this community dates from after World War II, when there was a large wave of migration from Puerto Rico and the rest of Latin America,” says Marci Reaven, curator of this new exhibit. “But the city’s connection with the Spanish-speaking world is a story of centuries.” This lesser-known early history is told through art, photographs and objects, including reproductions of documents related to Juan “Jan” Rodrigues—an immigrant born in the Dominican Republic who is considered New York’s first Latino settler—including a copy of his baptism certificate.
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