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 Minerva Argentina Mirabal

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Minerva Argentina Mirabal

  • Birth 12 Mar 1926 Salcedo, Hermanas Mirabal, Dominican Republic
  • Death 25 Nov 1960 Dominican Republic
  • Burial Salcedo, Hermanas Mirabal, Dominican Republic
  • Memorial ID 6023978

The Mirabal sisters -- Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa -- were ordinary housewives and mothers, yet they were willing to give up their lives to fight against one of the most repressive dictatorships of the Western Hemisphere, that of Dominican dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo (1930-1961). Beautiful and educated, the sisters were raised in well-to-do circumstances. They were known by the code name "The Butterflies" by those in the resistance movement they helped to create in the 1950s, fighting for an end to the Trujillo dictatorship. They faced repeated imprisonment and torture and finally, on November 25, 1960, were brutally murdered by men working for Trujillo. The martyrdom of the Mirabal sisters fueled greater and more widespread opposition to the dictatorship and was a catalyst for Trujillo's assassination the following year. Today, the Dominican Republic is a democracy, due in large part to this little known story of courage.

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  • Originally Created by: THE PROTECTOR
  • Added: 12 Dec 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6023978
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Minerva Argentina Mirabal (12 Mar 1926–25 Nov 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6023978, citing Ojo De Agua, Salcedo, Hermanas Mirabal, Dominican Republic ; Maintained by Find A Grave .