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September Month with HMSF

September 15, 2009

black-cross-1Family Fun Day: Pre-Columbian Fun
Saturday, September 12
12-4 pm

Historical Museum of Southern Florida
101 West Flagler Street Downtown Miami

Journey back in time and visit Latin America and the Caribbean through the eyes of its Native Peoples. Craft activities will include the art of making Meso-American masks.

Free and open to the public

The Legend of Black Caesar: South Florida Pirate Stories
Sunday, September 13
2 pm

Historical Museum of Southern Florida
101 West Flagler Street Downtown Miami

Spend a cool afternoon indoors with Dr. Paul George as he presents this fascinating program about South Florida pirates. Was Black Caesar really over 100 years old? Join us and find out. For more information contact Education at 305.375.1621.

HMSF Members FREE Non-Members $5

Saving Our History: The Preservation of Black Historic Sites
Thursday, September 17
6:30 pm

Historical Museum of Southern Florida
101 West Flagler Street Downtown Miami

Over the past two decades, the number of Black historic sites in Miami undergoing preservation battles and successes has increased significantly. Come hear the leaders of these projects share the unique history of sites such as Virginia Key Beach, the Hampton House and the Black Precinct and their herculean efforts to save these spaces from city bulldozers, neglect and commercial development.

Clarence Dickson, former Chief of the Miami Police Department, Black Precinct Museum;
Helen Gage, Preservationist, Bethel House African Bahamian and Museum;
Enid Pinkney, Chairwoman, Historic Hampton House Preservation Board;
Dinizulu Gene Tinnie, Vice-Chairman, Virginia Key Beach Park Trust;
Dorothy Jenkins Fields, Ph.D., Historian and Founder, The Black Archives, History and Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc.

Educator Night
Thursday, September 17
5 pm

Historical Museum of Southern Florida
101 West Flagler Street Downtown Miami

Educators from all fields join us for a night of inspiration! Come and learn about the programs and exhibitions we offer that can be woven into you curriculum and help us celebrate the teachers and members of our community who launched the Make Miami History Now program. Delve into object and museum-based learning with our education staff. Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. To RSVP and for more information, call 305.375.1625 or email

Sponsored by

The Michael and Judy Weiser Family, The Miami Herald and Comcast

Tropees: Florida Marlins Game
Saturday, September 26
5 pm/7 pm Tailgating/Game

Land Shark Stadium
2269 Dan Marino Blvd. Miami Gardens

Join the Young Professionals (ages 21-40) as the Florida Marlins take on the New York Mets. Come enjoy baseball and a pre-game tailgating BBQ party. To RSVP and for more information call 305.375.1657.

Tropee Members $20 Non-Members $25

Discovery Day: Going Downtown
Monday, September 28
8:30 am-5:30 pm

Historical Museum of Southern Florida
101 West Flagler Street Downtown Miami

The Historical Museum offers parents an option for educating and entertaining their children on teacher planning days.

On this upcoming Discovery Day, kids ages 6 to 12 will live it up in the big City! They will hop aboard the Metromover, with cameras, for a guided tour of the beautiful sights of the Magic City and build a fascinating model of downtown Miami in a shoebox. To book your Discovery Day, call 305.375.1625.

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11JCHS: Symposium: Early Hispanic Lawyers and Judges
Wednesday, September 30
6:30 pm

Historical Museum of Southern Florida
101 West Flagler Street Downtown Miami

Learn about the first Hispanic judges and lawyers of South Florida. To RSVP and for more information call 305.375.1657.

11JCHS Members FREE Non-Members $10

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Black Crossroads: The African Diaspora in Miami
On display through January 24, 2010

bcimageDiverse groups of the African diaspora have come to settle, work and struggle for freedom in Miami since its incorporation in 1896 to the present day. In the process they have made significant political, economic and cultural contributions to the city. Black Crossroads: The African Diaspora in Miami explores the enduring presence and impact of African-Americans, Africans, black Caribbeans and black Hispanics on Miami.

On display in this exhibition are historic photographs, oral histories, memorabilia, film/video and artifacts related to black pioneers, families, laborers, communities and organizations spanning the over 100 year history of black migrations to Miami.

Black Freedom in Florida, 1700-1865
On display June 25 through January 24, 2010

bfBlack Freedom in Florida, 1700-1865 examines three ways in which Florida functioned as a unique haven for freedom-seeking African Americans from 1700 to 1865. Enslaved African Americans from the southern United States obtained freedom in Florida by running away to Spanish-occupied Florida, seeking refuge among free black and Seminole Indian communities and resisting re-enslavement through strategic military service and warfare both against and for the British, the Spanish and the Americans. African Americans’ ability to defy re-enslavement in Florida enabled them to develop free black communities such as Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose near St. Augustine and Angola in Tampa Bay which flourished during the mid-eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
On display are photographs, maps, military and documentary records representative of these free black communities and their struggles to obtain and sustain their freedom throughout the international battles waged for the control of Florida during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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