Freedom Tower Needs Your Vote!Landmarks that express our diversity as a nation are being considered for preservation funding

National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower in Downtown Miami

The Freedom Tower needs your vote to secure preservation funds that are available to only a few key landmarks in the nation. Known as the Ellis Island of the South, MDC’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower is a finalist in the Partners in Preservation 2018: Main Streets campaign. Landmarks that express our diversity as a nation are being considered for a share of a $2 million preservation fund. Grants will be awarded based on the number of votes a landmark gets. The Freedom Tower is one of 20 national sites in the running.

Vote Now

You can vote for Freedom Tower once a day, every day, though October 26!

If our Freedom Tower wins, MDC will use the award to continue renovations at the Freedom Tower and the Museum of Art and Design, which includes the Cuban Exile Experience exhibit. Our Education Room will be transformed to provide complimentary, age-targeted educational opportunities.

Well-known to the many locals who actually passed through its doors and to those who have come after them as immigrants into Miami, the Freedom Tower in Downtown Miami provided provided medical, housing and financial support to Cuban Refugees from 1962 to 1974. At one point, it also housed Miami’s first newspaper. The iconic building, now owned and operated by MDC, is a museum space, housing exhibitions that speak to Miami’s unique role as a cultural crossroads and a home for diverse populations.

Haven’t been to Freedom Tower lately? In order to encourage voting, Freedom Tower is holding an Open House on October 20th featuring a full lineup of culture, music and art. Admission is free, RSVP required.

Open House Schedule

1:30 p.m.

Guided tour by Miami’s favorite historian, Dr. Paul George,
covering the history and importance of Freedom Tower

4 p.m.

Chat with Miami artist César Trasobares
about the exhibition, Cuban Streams: 1885-1965
5 – 8 p.m.

Light bites served with music by The Cuban Trio

Also visit other exhibitions on view at the Freedom Tower:

MOAD: William Kentridge’s More Sweetly Play the Dance
Kislak Center: Culture and Change in the Americas

Freedom Tower | Miami Dade College | 600 Biscayne Boulevard | Miami, FL

Partners in Preservation is a program in which American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awards preservation grants to historic places across the country. As stated in their news release, “From the counters of the Greensboro sit-ins to the ‘Ellis Island of the South’ in Miami, each of the 20 sites featured in the campaign played a role in the development of a diverse nation or the struggle for equal rights.”

Vote Now

You can vote for Freedom Tower once a day, every day, until October 26!


Those who vote, may also enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to our nation’s capital at the close of the campaign.