Brightline And The Black Archives Unveil ‘Echoes Of Overtown: A Legacy Preserved’ Interactive Exhibit At MiamiCentral.

"Echoes of Overtown A Legacy Preserved" display at MiamiCentral station.

Brightline and The Black Archives are excited to unveil “Echoes of Overtown: A Legacy Preserved,” a groundbreaking interactive exhibit at MiamiCentral. This collaboration serves as a tribute to the vibrant Overtown community, celebrating its rich history and cultural heritage. Through this activation, The Black Archives and Brightline aim to foster a deeper understanding of Overtown’s cultural contributions by creating a space for dialogue and appreciation that invites visitors to explore the neighborhood.

Echoes of Overtown: A Legacy Preserved” is an immersive exhibit unveiling the vibrant history and profound contributions of key landmarks in Overtown, Miami. Step back in time to explore the rich cultural tapestry that once defined this dynamic neighborhood. The exhibition highlights nine iconic places that were not only main attractions in Overtown but also served as vital contributors to the societal fabric over the years.

"Echoes of Overtown A Legacy Preserved" display in the Miami Central station

“Echoes of Overtown A Legacy Preserved” display at Miami Central station.

The Black Archives Research Foundation of South Florida was founded in 1977 by Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields as a non-profit organization aimed at collecting and preserving materials reflecting the African American experience in Miami-Dade County. Over time, the collection has grown, establishing The Black Archives as a national resource for 19th and 20th-century history. It serves as a valuable repository for scholars, students, teachers, the media, and the broader community. The foundation is located at the Lyric Theater, conveniently near MiamiCentral.

Brightline stands as the sole provider of modern, eco-friendly intercity rail service in America, serving Miami, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, and Orlando. Recognized by Fast Company as one of the Most Innovative Companies in Travel and featured in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2023 Hot List for the best new travel methods, Brightline offers a guest-first experience aimed at reinventing train travel and reducing road congestion. With plans to extend its award-winning service to more city pairs and congested corridors nationwide, Brightline’s immediate projects include connecting Las Vegas to Southern California.

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3 Comments on "Brightline And The Black Archives Unveil ‘Echoes Of Overtown: A Legacy Preserved’ Interactive Exhibit At MiamiCentral."

  1. Overtown should be turned into aluxury jazz/blues neighborhood. Kind of like Wynwood but with a different theme.

  2. I wonder if the “exhibit” will go into detail about the state-sponsored ethnic cleansing of Foundational Black American Freedmen from their thriving neighborhoods via various combinations of economic deprivation. Including: Running I-95 through the neighborhood…redlining…generous economic assistance to Caribbean and Latin American immigrants both legal and illegal.(especially Cubans).Introduction of drugs into the neighborhoods that destroyed the fabric while creating an opportunity for generational wealth for American whites and white latinos…all while feeding Foundational Black Americans into the prison industrial complex. Hardly “A Legacy Preserved”. More like historical revisionism if it doesn’t speak to those truths.

  3. @Downy:
    You’re absolutely right…that is what Overtown should evolve into. As long as all the venues including the restaurants…hotels…bars/performance spaces are BLACK AMERICAN FREEDMAN OWNED.
    Glad we agree.

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