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A history of the African-American people, events, and neighborhoods of Miami.
What an eye opener in Miami! We've been there a million times. After all, Barry's parents lived there for 25 years, so we thought we had seen it all. Then we began to meet with some of our remarkable contacts and found a wealth of cultural opportunities available to us. This just goes to show you that you can never allow yourself to stop learning!
There are two areas that were thriving centers for the African-American communities in Miami. Overtown was located just next to downtown Miami and was sliced in half when the highways were built. Liberty City grew out of that destruction of Overtown, when families left searching for larger quarters.
Overtown is now welcoming a restoration of buildings that at one time contained a lot of history. During prosperous years, the African-American community made progress in their involvement in government and politics. Black entertainers such as Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole stayed in Overtown and entertained there. The all-black Coconut Festival started in Overtown when the community was not allowed to attend the Orange Bowl.
Liberty City still boasts local artists full of civic pride. Its African Heritage Cultural Arts Center remains a hub of activity today.
We will tour 3 or 4 historically important black neighborhoods by bus, including Overtown, black Coconut Grove, Little Haiti, and Liberty City. In each, we will discuss its history, major events, structures, and sites, as well as its most famous figures.
Your guide will fill you with true stories and tales of the past and bring you up to date on the bustle that is taking over these areas.
- The price shown does not include transportation costs. The guide will try to use his own car to transport you. If you have more than 6 people in your party, he will have to rent a van. You will be asked to pay for the rental charges.
- This tour is priced for 6 or less passengers. If your group is larger than 6, please contact ShoreTrips.
- All of our tours in Miami and Fort Lauderdale can be modified to include pre or post cruise transfers.
Days offered: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday