Miami Histories

Community-2I’m traveling to Miami next month, and while I’m excited to relax on the beach, I’m also looking forward to experiencing the cultural richness of the city. Little Haiti, Little Havana, Overtown and Coconut Grove are a few of the historic ethnic enclaves in the city, providing community for the Haitian, Cuban, Bahamian and African American communities.  While each community has a complicated and fraught history in Miami, the people survive and continue to resist oppression.

Below are links to websites that provide the history of each community:

Overtown-During the mid-1900’s it was known as the Harlem of the South, before the construction of I-95 shattered the community’s world.

West Coconut Grove-Founded by Bahamian immigrants

Little Haiti-The center of the Haitian community

Little Havana-Cuba in Miami



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