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A freight elevator in the exhibit. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)
A freight elevator in the exhibit. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)
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For more than a century, Cuban sugar fueled the global rum industry. The refined cane made its way from the small island nation to bustling trading ports in U.S. cities like Salem.

Now, a Boston-based, Cuban-born artist and her American musician husband are bringing the sights, sounds, smells and ghosts of Cuba’s now abandoned sugar fields and factories to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem through a multi-sensory installation.


Andrea Shea, arts reporter at WBUR. She tweets @asheaarts.

This segment aired on January 18, 2016.

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