Colombians in Illinois

Colombians began migrating to Illinois decades before many of the other Latino groups. Colombia was embroiled in a civil war from 1948 to 1957. Therefore, the 1950s saw a large growth in their numbers in Illinois.74 Since 1974 Colombianos Unidos Por Una Labor Activa (CUPULA) has been celebrating Colombian Independence Day (July 20th). A group of medical students from

Colombia started the tradition, and it is the largest annual Colombian celebration in the Midwest.

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