HistoryMiami http://blog.wlrn.org en A Wild Frontier In West Kendall http://blog.wlrn.org/post/wild-frontier-west-kendall <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Southwest </span>132nd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Avenue was on the edge of Miami in 1972, when </span>Marily<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Reyes and her husband Frank moved into their new home just south of Bird Road. Their view across the narrow avenue was elephant grass for six long years.</span></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Laura Coburn 23006 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Wild Frontier In West Kendall How I-95 Shattered The World Of Miami's Early Overtown Residents http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-i-95-shattered-world-miamis-early-overtown-residents <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;">When Naomi </span>Rolle<span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;"> talks about her childhood home in </span>Overtown<span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;">, tears fall from her eyes.</span></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:43:23 +0000 Nadege Green 15782 at http://blog.wlrn.org How I-95 Shattered The World Of Miami's Early Overtown Residents Plunging In: How Miami's Beaches Were Integrated http://blog.wlrn.org/post/plunging-how-miamis-beaches-were-integrated <p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Garth Reeves was a young World War II veteran when he came home to Miami and went to work at his father’s newspaper, the </span><em style="line-height: 1.5; ">Miami Times</em><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">He bought property, paid taxes and voted in elections. But the beach at Virginia Key was the only one where black residents could go without trouble.</span></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:55:02 +0000 Laura Coburn & Lisann Ramos 18037 at http://blog.wlrn.org Plunging In: How Miami's Beaches Were Integrated After No Goodbyes In Cuba, Exile Makes Miami Home http://blog.wlrn.org/post/after-no-goodbyes-cuba-exile-makes-miami-home <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I arrived in Miami in the early </span>1970s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, I never could imagine that I would end up calling this city home.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We came to Miami after a short stay in Spain. I came with my parents, Isabel and Ramon Santos, and my younger sister, Ana. Like many young children, we were excited about moving into a new place, learning a new language and making new friends.</span></p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:41:31 +0000 Gemma Santos 17087 at http://blog.wlrn.org After No Goodbyes In Cuba, Exile Makes Miami Home Exhibition Hopes To Unveil Opa-locka's Hidden Architectural Gems http://blog.wlrn.org/post/exhibition-hopes-unveil-opa-lockas-hidden-architectural-gems <p></p><p></p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Marva Hinton 16852 at http://blog.wlrn.org Exhibition Hopes To Unveil Opa-locka's Hidden Architectural Gems Superintendent Learns Lesson: Where You Are From Doesn't Dictate Where You Can Go http://blog.wlrn.org/post/superintendent-learns-lesson-where-you-are-doesnt-dictate-where-you-can-go <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every day I wake up with a spirit of excitement and anticipation of what the day may bring, in large part because of the incredible community that has become my adopted home, Miami.</span><br>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 10:38:00 +0000 Alberto Carvalho 16415 at http://blog.wlrn.org Superintendent Learns Lesson: Where You Are From Doesn't Dictate Where You Can Go Veteran Takes A Chance On 1950s Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/veteran-takes-chance-1950s-miami <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Somewhere in the middle of 1951, my father, </span>Cpl<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Norman </span>Segermeister<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, emerged from his commitment to the U.S. Army.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><br><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:04:00 +0000 Mitchell Segermeister 16037 at http://blog.wlrn.org Veteran Takes A Chance On 1950s Miami Early Settler Recalls Miami's Bustling Black Neighborhood Called "Colored Town" http://blog.wlrn.org/post/early-settler-recalls-miamis-bustling-black-neighborhood-called-colored-town <p>My maternal grandparents, Sam D. and Ida Ellen Roberts Johnson, were born in Harbour<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Island, Bahamas. It is believed that their </span>foreparents<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> were among the millions of black slaves forced from West Africa and sold in the West Indies.</span><br>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:35:00 +0000 Dorothy Ellen Jenkins Fields 15604 at http://blog.wlrn.org Early Settler Recalls Miami's Bustling Black Neighborhood Called "Colored Town" Former City Commissioner Recalls Uncharted Waters From Cuba To Coral Gables http://blog.wlrn.org/post/former-city-commissioner-recalls-uncharted-waters-cuba-coral-gables <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For me, the most important journeys have led to South Florida.</span><br>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:11:00 +0000 Maria Anderson 15208 at http://blog.wlrn.org Former City Commissioner Recalls Uncharted Waters From Cuba To Coral Gables Former Franklin Roosevelt Campaign Manager Settled In Pioneer-Era Coral Gables http://blog.wlrn.org/post/former-franklin-roosevelt-campaign-manager-settled-pioneer-era-coral-gables <p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">My father, Ernest Peyton Jones, worked for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was his campaign manager for the southeastern United States and became the associate commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration. &nbsp;&nbsp;My mother, Betty Schwab Jones, was the secretary for Sen. George Norris of Nebraska.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">They married in 1936 and lived in Washington.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 14:22:00 +0000 Louan Jones Zagarino 14195 at http://blog.wlrn.org Former Franklin Roosevelt Campaign Manager Settled In Pioneer-Era Coral Gables Seven Essential Tracks From Miami's Disco Heyday http://blog.wlrn.org/post/seven-essential-tracks-miamis-disco-heyday <p>Miami boasts, of course, a reputation as a major clubbing center — but in decades past, the city is also where a big chunk of clubbing music actually got made.</p><p>Most histories of disco music focus on New York legends like DJ Larry Levan and clubs like the Paradise Garage, where funk and R&amp;B met a new dance beat. But Miami had its own disco sound — and not just that of the Bee Gees, who did, in fact, record major material like their 1975 album <em>Main Course</em> here.</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Arielle Castillo 14921 at http://blog.wlrn.org Seven Essential Tracks From Miami's Disco Heyday Big Milt's Story Has Its Share Of Pathos, Just Like Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/big-milts-story-has-its-share-pathos-just-miami <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I can imagine my dad's excitement leaving gritty Newark behind him and hitting the highway in his old Studebaker bound for paradise . . . Miami Beach. I can see the bathing suit postcards guiding his way and hear the ocean calling his name: M-I-L-T-O-N B-R-A-N-D, come on down!</span></p> Mon, 27 May 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Natalie Altman 14345 at http://blog.wlrn.org Big Milt's Story Has Its Share Of Pathos, Just Like Miami After Bay Of Pigs And Pedro Pan Campground, Cuban Exiles Build Family In Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/after-bay-pigs-and-pedro-pan-campground-cuban-exiles-build-family-miami <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our family came from Havana, a beautiful city that some have called a tropical paradise.</span><br><br>My brothers and I came to Miami on a Pan American flight and were taken to a campground that the Pedro Pan organizers had set up in Kendall, near where Town &amp; Country Mall now stands. We were there for about two weeks before being sent to Albuquerque, N.M., where we were taken in by the family of Dr. Eugene Purtell.<br>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 12:10:00 +0000 Rene Ruiz 13638 at http://blog.wlrn.org After Bay Of Pigs And Pedro Pan Campground, Cuban Exiles Build Family In Miami Early Miami Pioneer Recalls Early Days Of South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/early-miami-pioneer-recalls-early-days-south-florida <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I was born Martha Anne Peters in Victoria Hospital on Dec. 20, 1937, a second generation native-born </span>Miamian<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Mon, 06 May 2013 18:21:00 +0000 Martha Anne Collins 13331 at http://blog.wlrn.org Early Miami Pioneer Recalls Early Days Of South Florida Desegregation Pioneer Recalls School Integration In Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/desegregation-pioneer-recalls-school-integration-miami <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I was born in Nashville and spent the first four years of my life in Tuskegee, Ala.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">My father, Dr. John O. Brown Sr., moved to Miami in 1955 to begin his practice in ophthalmology. To this day, I'm glad he did.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We had neighbors who were white and black. Our next-door neighbor was an older white lady who inspired my mother's love for growing orchids and my brother's passion for collecting butterflies.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:27:00 +0000 Gala Brown Munnings 12222 at http://blog.wlrn.org Desegregation Pioneer Recalls School Integration In Miami