|(L to R: Patricia, Marie-Teresa, and Minerva)|
On November 25, 1960, three of the Mirabal sisters-Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa-and their driver Rufino de la Cruz were savagely bludgeoned to death on Trujillo’s instruction. Their murder, implausibly covered-up to seem like a car accident, prompted wide-spread indignation. For the women’s courageous defiance, they became admired, national heroines. To commemorate the Mirabal sisters’ legacy, Dedé founded el Museo de las Hermanas Mirabal (The Mirabel Sisters’ Museum). Likewise, the United Nations General Assembly has chosen to memorialize the Mirabal sisters by designating November 25th as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
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