The story begins in 1896. This was the year the City of Miami was founded with approximately one-third of the signatures of the city charter being black men (which was no accident considering their predominant role in the early building of the city). Segregation became a day-to-day reality throughout the South. It was this reality that systematically excluded all people of color from Dade County’s most famous attraction, its miles of beaches.
Cultural heritage is maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations.
The Miami neighborhood known as Little Haiti is the cultural heart for the Haitian Diaspora. The area boasts art galleries, Haitian book and music stores and the Little Haiti Cultural Center, which hosts dance and theater performances and is increasingly becoming a burgeoning center of small independent businesses of all kinds. A bronze statue of General Toussaint L'Ouverture, the father of Haitian independence, stands at Northeast 2nd Avenue and 62nd Street in the heart of "La Petite Haiti." Read more...
South Beach has been called the American Riviera and an Art Deco Playground. Yet there's more than fine white sand and colorful buildings to South Beach's fantasyland of exuberant Deco architecture. South Beach offers an eclectic mix of world-class boutiques, galleries and stores. It's also a culinary hot spot for everything from gourmet to casual beachside cuisine. At night, South Beach comes alive with crowds ready to go out and have a world-class evening out.
Today, this vibrant corner of Greater Miami displays its cultural and civic pride with colorful murals of African-American heroes, and the historic Black Police Precinct & Courthouse Museum. “The Colored Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum” as it was sanctioned in the 1940′s, 50′s and 60′s, was designed and built specifically to provide a segregated base of operations for Miami’s newly formed “Colored Patrol Officers” and newly appointed “Colored City Judge”. Read more...
In just a few short years, the former warehouse district of Wynwood has become the arts hub of South Florida. It started with murals, street art, and graffiti - encouraged, unconventionally, by the neighborhood's early developers, spawning vibrant spaces teeming with outdoor art. Today, there are more than 70 galleries and museums, dozens of new restaurants and bars, and hundreds of companies, creators, and innovators working in a place that just feels alive.
The first large migration of Blacks to Liberty City began in 1937 when many families moved to the Liberty Square Housing Project, the second Federal housing project built in the U.S. The second major migration came in the late 1950's and early 1960's as a result of the Black displacement caused by the expressway construction that devastated Overtown.
Today, Liberty City, which was the site of the 1980 riots, is on the verge of economic revival. It also hosts an annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. Read more...
Originally settled in the 1800s, Coconut Grove remains a charming, bayside village within the urban dynamic of Miami. The Grove, as it's commonly called, is the oldest continuously inhabited neighborhood of Miami.
The pedestrian friendly village center in Coconut Grove is filled with sidewalk cafes, galleries and boutiques. The small bohemian village feel is countered by recognizable chain restaurants, but small local cafes, college bars and independent boutiques still line the streets. Read more...
The Art and culture are key drivers for transformation of Opa-locka into a desirable place to live, work, create, and play. It began in 2011 when OLCDC was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) "Our Town" Grant to create dynamic public art and engaging spaces in the City's most notorious neighborhood. OLCDC partnered with Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places to administer a call to artists, soliciting more than 200 responses from around the world. Read more...
South of the city, enjoy nature, rich cuisine, arts and entertainment in the intimacy of this family-oriented and culturally diverse area known as South Dade. Relax, unplug, exhale and escape the bustle of the city, in Miami's backyard. Discover the tastes of tropical fruits and farm-to-table joys. Experience a small town feeling with big city opportunities.
Two spectacular national parks, Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park, offer natural beauty, tranquility and are teeming with wildlife. Fishing, boating, snorkeling and bird watching are just a few of the many nature-based activities for which the area is known. Read more...
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Hispanic culture permeates everything in Little Havana - colorful murals, monuments to heroes past and present, elderly men playing dominoes as they discuss politics and cigar rollers deep at work amidst Little Havana's ever-present aroma of Cuban coffee. These scenes of daily life in Little Havana play out amidst a backdrop of pulsating traditional Cuban and Afro-Cuban music, storefronts, unique art galleries and quaint typical restaurants. Read more...
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