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819 Northwest 2nd Avenue

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Bring your own lunch and join the conversation as our Archivist and staff discuss collections and items found in the Black Archives repository.

June 12: Religion Collection, 1915 - 2010

This collection spans from 1915 to 2010 and is composed of several parts, including subgroups as part of a larger collection of information on religion in Miami. The Religion Collection contains pictures, programs, certificates, awards, newspaper articles, correspondences, reports, and other documents. Some of the religious institutions included in this collection include Greater Bethel A. M. E. Church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Mt. Olivette Baptist Church, and St. John Baptist Church.


June 26: Juneteenth Collection

This small collection consists of materials relating to the Juneteenth celebrations in South Florida. It contains materials regarding the Juneteenth festivities organized by the Overtown Neighborhood Enhancement Team (NET) and Broward County Libraries between 1998 and 2003. Materials include flyers, newspapers, press releases, histories of the celebration, calendar events, and meeting agendas.


July 10: Joseph Caleb Center Collection

This themed collection consists of materials relating to the Joseph Caleb Center collected by The Black Archives between 1977 and 2004. The collection documents services offered and events held at the Center, news of its opening, information on artwork found at the center, and information on the center's namesake, Joseph Caleb.

Joseph Caleb was chairperson of the Model City Administering Board; president of the Laborers' International Union of North America, Local 478 (AFL-CIO); voted Outstanding Citizen by the Dade Better Government League; and worked in the election campaign for Gwen Cherry. He was murdered in 1972 when he was 34, leaving behind a wife and four children.


July 31: L.L. Brooks Collection

This collection covers the time span of 1934-1980 and consists of the papers of L.L. Brooks, owner of the Bonded Collection Agency, Inc. and former mayor of Islandia (a former Miami-Dade County city located in the upper Keys). This collection contains information regarding Mr. Brooks’ involvement in the urban renewal movement, the daily business of the Bonded Collection Agency, Inc., the organizations with which he worked, and some personal information. The papers include newspapers clippings, photographs, correspondences, financial documents, manual, blueprints, event programs, reports, obituaries, etc.

Some interesting items of note included in the collection is information regarding the forced relocation of Overtown residents during construction of the I-95 expressway, as well as two chronologically organized newspaper scrapbooks documenting news coverage of urban renewal in Miami during the Civil Rights Movement.


August 14: Miami-Dade Model City Program Records Collection


The collection consists of materials relating to the Miami-Dade Model City Program donated in 1980 and supplemented by staff of The Black Archives. The bulk of the collection consists of donated materials which document the administration of the Miami-Dade Model Cities Program and businesses and services created or impacted by Miami-Dade Model Cities Program. Most of the collection consists of photographs; other types of materials include: directories, flyers, manuals, minutes, newspaper.


August 28: Marilyn Salmon Urban League of Greater Miami Records Collection, 1943-1974


The collection consists of materials relating to the Urban League of Greater Miami from 1943 to 1974, donated by Marilyn Salmon. Marilyn Salmon was the Housing Information Specialist for the Urban League and the collection contains correspondence, booklets, invitations, flyers, pamphlets, magazines, newsletters, press statements, briefing sheets, programs, a manual, a slide show guide, speeches, a publicity plan, event planning guide, a communications guide and newspaper clippings.



The Black Archives and its programming are sponsored by the Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Institute of Museum & Library Services, and the Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network.

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