Rest in power Dedé Mirabal (3/1/1925 - 2/1/2014)
Dedé was the last living member of the MIrabal sisters. Four sisters, Patria, Minerva, Maria Teresa and Dede Mirabal had the courage to stand up to Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, who ruled the country from 1930 to 1938 and from 1942 to 1952. They distributed pamphlets about Trujillo’s numerous victims and engaged in other activities against the oppressive regime.
The sisters were arrested and imprisoned frequently, but they refused to back down. Finally on Nov. 25, 1960, Patria, 36, Minerva, 34, and Maria Teresa, 25, along with their driver, were clubbed to death by Trujillo’s men. Trujillo himself was assassinated just six months later.
The Mirabal sisters became international heroines for their work for democracy. That’s why so many locals were saddened Saturday when they learned the last surviving Mirabal sister, Dede — Bélgica Adela Mirabal-Reyes — died just a month short of her 89th birthday.