Historic Overtown

Celebrating Cultural History

This historically black area is pushing for preservation.

A place that’s easily overlooked (but shouldn’t be), Overtown is one of the most important -- if not the most important -- spots in Miami when it comes to black history, as well as being one of the oldest neighborhoods in town. At the turn of the 20th century, it was known as Colored Town and was used as an area for black workers who built and serviced the railroad, hotels, and streets. Despite the Black Codes and Jim Crow laws, Overtown still managed to grow, soon becoming a vital area for the black community when it came to shopping, business interactions, and entertainment.

For more information, be sure to visit the Historic Overtown Lyric Theater Welcome Center Complex, as well as the Historic Ward Cultural Tourist Gallery.

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Historic Overtown

Historic Overtown

Timothy A. Barber, executive director of the Black Archives, which makes its home in the historic Lyric Theater, explains that the establishment of Overtown as an important cultural center in Miami came from local and visiting artists who would go “over town” to their hotels, or to continue the party after their shows finished elsewhere in the city. If you want to experience an integral part of Miami’s culture, walk the streets of Overtown, visit the theater, look at the art on the walls, and don’t leave without getting some soul food in you.

The neighborhood is also home to local's favorites like the beloved People's Bar-B-Que, non-profit music projects, arts festivals, farmers markets and more.

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Upcoming EventsHistoric Overtown / Liberty City

  • Art Blues & BBQ Festival

    Dec 01, 2018

    Liberty City

    The Art Blues & BBQ Festival is presented by the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC), a facility managed by the...

  • Miami Music Project Winter Music Concert Series: Liberty City

    Dec 20, 2018

    Liberty City

    Come celebrate the Miami Music Project's 10th Anniversary in a Family First Winter Music Concert Series for  Liberty...

  • Jazz In The House

    Now through Dec 28, 2018

    Liberty City

    Have your monthly jazz at the Historic Hampton House the last Friday of each month.

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