Inside The Cocoon
The Mirabal Sisters' Childhood


Minerva, born on March 12, 1926, showed signs of intelligence even at a young age. By the time she was seven years old, she could recite the verses of French poets. She was sent to the Catholic secondary school Inmaculada Concepción at the age of twelve with her sisters Patria and Dedé. She graduated in 1946, having studied Letters and Philosophy. She enjoyed writing and reading poetry, especially that of Juan Pablo Neruda. Like Patria, she also liked art, especially that of Pablo Picasso. In December of 1949 she was taken to the capital and placed under house arrest with Doña Chea while Don Enrique was being held in Fortaleza Ozama. She attended the University of Santo Domingo, where she met Manuel (Manolo) Tavarez Justo. The two married on November 20, 1955, and moved to Montecristi. They had two children: Minu and Manolito. Minerva's political influences included changes occurring in other Latin American countries, the Luperion Invasion and the revolution in Cuba. Minerva admired the up and coming leftist revolutionary Fidel Castro, and would recite his famous words, "Condemn me, it does not matter; history will absolve me!"

"…it is a source of happiness to do whatever can be done for our country that suffers so many anguishes, it is sad to stay with one's arms crossed…"
Minerva Argentina Mirabal