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Experience Miami’s Black history in Historic Overtown


A Black heritage neighborhood with a rich history and culture, as well as some delicious restaurants, Historic Overtown is a legendary district just west of Downtown Miami. Its cultural growth and development mirrored the artistic awakening of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1930s, and Historic Overtown was a busy entertainment destination known as Little Broadway. Stars such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday all played at the Lyric Theater and other venues in Historic Overtown.

Legendary Visitors


Because of segregation during the Jim Crow era, Overtown is also where Black artists and celebrities often spent the night while visiting Miami, as they were not allowed to stay at the Miami Beach resorts where they performed. Today, visitors can stay in one of the vintage 1940s rooms at The Copper Door B&B and get a feel of what Historic Overtown was like during its original heyday.

From Rubble to Renaissance


The construction of two major freeways in the 1960s displaced thousands of Historic Overtown’s residents and demolished swaths of the community. But today, the neighborhood is experiencing a modern-day renaissance, one in which Miami’s Black history is honored and celebrated at museums such as the Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum, the Ward Rooming House and the Black Archives History & Research Foundation, which is housed inside the restored Lyric Theater. Historic Overtown also nurtured Miami’s original street artist, Purvis Young, whose evocative murals span from the 1970s to 2010 and can still be seen today.

Soulful Food


You can also get a taste of Miami’s Black heritage through the food in Historic Overtown. Since 1946, Jackson Soul Food has served up some of Miami’s best Southern fare, with a menu featuring collard greens, fried catfish, biscuits and other soul food classics. Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson has added to the neighborhood’s appeal with an outpost of Red Rooster, his revered Harlem restaurant.

Historic Overtown: Celebrating Cultural History

Historic Overtown

Historic Overtown
Once known as the “Broadway of the South”, Overtown was a mecca for popular nightclubs and legendary performers such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Josephine Baker. Specialty stores, boutiques and soul food restaurants reflect the area’s rich culture with Southern and island influences.

Neighborhood Highlights

Explore Historic Overtown

Historic Overtown
Historic Overtown

Historic Overtown

Historic Overtown lives up to its name, as you'll discover while exploring this history-rich neighborhood.
It's So Miami: Historic Overtown
It's So Miami: Historic Overtown

It's So Miami: Historic Overtown

Copper Door
Copper Door

Copper Door

Food has soul at The Copper Door B&B in Historic Overtown.
Folklife Fridays
Folklife Fridays

Folklife Fridays

For 10 years, Folklife Friday has fetured international food, arts and crafts, live music, and more in Historic Overtown.
Explore Historic Overtown
Explore Historic Overtown

Explore Historic Overtown

Overtown is one of the most important - if not the most important - spots in Miami when it comes to black history.
Lil Greenhouse Grill
Lil Greenhouse Grill

Lil Greenhouse Grill

Get a taste of Historic Overtown's Soul at Lil Greenhouse Grill.

Things To Do: Historic Overtown

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