As Hartford Becomes Home, Puerto Rican Evacuees Take A Trip To Mark Twain House

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Minutes into touring the Mark Twain House in Hartford, the visitors came across a black-and-white photo of a young Clara Clemens, a daughter of Mark Twain. Soon, it dawned on everyone that Clara looks a lot like Milianis Rivera, a Puerto Rican evacuee.

“Yes, yes. … I saw it right away,” said the tour guide, Grace Belanger. “Looks like you!”

Milianis, a 5-year-old student at Hartford’s Sanchez Elementary School, came to this national landmark on a Saturday morning with her mom and other families displaced from Puerto Rico. They climbed the creaky stairs of the historic home built in 1874, and learned that the famous man who used to live here had affection for their island. Check out the full story here

By Vanessa de la Torre, Connecticut Public Radio


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