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

Today, this vibrant corner of Greater Miami displays its cultural and civic pride with colorful murals of African-American heroes, its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade and the historic Lyric Theater. The Lyric Theater was the anchor of the area once known as "Little Broadway" and hosted performances by such big names as Count Basie, Patti LaBelle and Aretha Franklin. The Lyric Theater thrived between 1913 and the 1960s, but the facility went through a lull after that. Today, the Lyric Theater is reopened, renovated and working to reclaim its former glory.

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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  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

    Jan 15 - Jan 15, 2018

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    The most visible figure in the Civil Rights movement, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is honored across the country...

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