Historic Overtown

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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.

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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.

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Historic Overtown
Historic Overtown

Historic Overtown

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

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.

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