The Cuban Club was one of the mutual aid societies formed by immigrant groups during Ybor City's heyday as a cigar manufacturing center. This documentary (19:33), sponsored by University of South Florida (USF) Libraries and other local institutions, recounts and dramatizes the district's colorful history from the perspective of this landmark institution. The late Angelo Pérez, retired HCC-Ybor City Campus dean and faculty member, served as an adviser to this film. Produced by Costa Creative Group. Funded in part by the Florida Humanities Council and the University of South Florida.
Click the images for the story of each club. Left to right:
L’Unione Italiana, Centro Español, Centro Asturiano, La Unión Martí-Maceo
Photos: L’Unione Italiana, Centro Español, and Centro Asturiano: University of South Florida Library Special Collections Department via Ybor Chamber . Photo: La Unión Martí-Maceo current site: Sociedad Unión Martí-Maceo.
Below, some news media items about Ybor City's Mutual Aid Societies today: