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Atlanta Woman Witnessed History During Cuban Election

Apr 18, 2017

Connie Alonso was living in Cuba, when a chance encounter made her a witness to history. It was 1952, an election year in Cuba, but a coup left Fulgencio Batista in power until the Cuban Revolution in 1959.

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At the time, Connie worked overnight as a switchboard operator at the National Hotel in Havana before heading to her part time job with the Carlos Hevia, the Cuban foreign minister who was running for president.

Connie, now 91 years old, talked with her friend Douglas Hamilton about operating the hotel switchboard on a night in 1952 that would change the course of Cuban history.