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La escuela del Maestro Cordero de Francisco Oller

Rafael Cordero, The Father of Public Education in Puerto Rico

by Efrain Nieves & Victoria Cepeda Altruist Rafael Cordero, known as “el maestro Rafael”,  was born on October 24th, 1790 in  San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cordero’s parents were free blacks who were artisans and devoted Catholics. He was unable to attend school because, at that time, schools did not allow Blacks  to enroll. Nevertheless, Cordero’s parents […]

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