Rafael Cordero, Educator and Humanitarian 1790

Rafael Cordero was an educator and humanitarian who sparked public education in Puerto Rico. Cordero was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on October 24, 1790. The entrepreneurial Cordero owned and managed a cigar shop. Cordero was the son of free African-Americans. At that time, young African Americans were not allowed to attend school. For 58 years, Cordero taught children who could not afford an education at his home. His humble house on Luna street is now honored in the National Register of Historic Places. In 2013, the Catholic Church named him as “Venerable” one of steps in designating Cordero as a saint.
Rafael Cordero fue un educador y humanitario que impulsó la educación pública en Puerto Rico. Cordero nació en San Juan, Puerto Rico el 24 de octubre de 1790. El empresario Cordero era dueño y administraba una tabaquería. Cordero era hijo de afroamericanos libres. En ese momento, a los jóvenes afroamericanos no se les permitía asistir a la escuela. Durante 58 años, Cordero enseñó a niños que no podían pagar una educación en su casa. Su humilde casa en la calle Luna está ahora reconocida en el Registro Nacional de Lugares Históricos. En 2013, la Iglesia Católica lo nombró “Venerable”, uno de los pasos para designar a Cordero como santo.

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