Governor Ron DeSantis Pledges $25M to Miami Dade College to Renovate National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower

Miami, Nov. 15, 2021 – At a press conference today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis pledged $25 million in his proposed state budget for critical renovations to Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Freedom Tower, a National Historic Landmark, where he delivered the news. Gov. DeSantis lauded the esteemed landmark as the state’s symbol of freedom while tyranny and oppression continue in Cuba, where today citizens protesting communism are taking to the streets.

“I’d thank to thank Governor DeSantis, Lt. Governor Jeanette Nunez, MDC Chairman Michael Bileca, Trustee Marcell Felipe and fellow board members for championing the crucial funding that will ensure our beacon of freedom, the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower, shines brightly for future generations, and against oppression and tyranny,” said MDC President Madeline Pumariega.

Gov. DeSantis made this pledge after supporters held a march Sunday at the Freedom Tower to show solidarity with the Cubans protesting against the communist regime on the island.

In 1925, the Freedom Tower was built for the Miami News and later became a processing center for newly arrived Cuban refugees. Under the stewardship of the College, it is now home to MDC’s Museum of Art and Design, the Cuban Legacy Gallery, and serves as headquarters of the Miami Book Fair and the Miami Film Festival. The funding will ensure the Freedom Tower continues to inspire new generations as a beacon of hope and what it means to be free.