Rafael Cordero, Educator and Humanitarian

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.  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, and the Catholic Church is preparing for his beautification, one of the initial steps in designating Cordero as a saint.