Here at All Year Cooling, we have been operating in the South Florida area for over 40 years and we appreciate the cultural diversity we see everyday. For Black History Month we will highlight a few historic sites in Florida, some may be outside of South Florida but still hold a significant importance to African-American culture.
This museum highlights the major role that African-Americans played in the development and growth of St. Petersburg since the end of the 1800s. There are currently numerous exhibits showing early African-American who came to AST. Petersburg to work on the Orange Belt Railroad and eventually settled into the Downtown Area after St. Petersburg became a tourist destination. They currently have numerous exhibits especially for Black History Month.
The Kingsley Plantation is the site of a former estate that is located in Jacksonville and is open to the public for tours. Currently it showcases 23 out of the original 32 slave houses, a kitchen house that features information on slavery; this makes this site definitely have a significant cultural signification.
The Lyric theatre is a historic theatre in Miami which was a highlight in the area formerly known as “Little Broadway”. During the early 20th century this theatre became a major entertainment center for African American, this was especially important since the theatre was built, owned and operated by an African American from Georgia. The theatre hosted stars such as Redd Foxx, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin and B.B. King, among many other performers during that era.
This museum is located inside the historic Pensacola Village and is a simple building that was built around the early 19th century; this is evident by its wood-framed structure. It was owned by a woman named Julee Patton that was not only free, but purchased the freedom of other slaves.
The Brewster Hospital was the first hospital in the United States that served African-Americans, it is located in Jacksonville and it served from 1901 to 1966. The hospital was founded out of sheer necessity in earlier times as most healthcare facilities in Jacksonville and surrounding areas denied treatment to African-Americans until the passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, which lead to its closing two years later.