Fort Lauderdale Heritage Sites

Fort Lauderdale Heritage Sites

Fort Lauderdale Heritage Sites begin with historic black churches such as Mount Herman AME Church and First Baptist Church of Piney Grove. In the rebirth of Sistrunk Corridor, one sees Von Mizell Cultural Center, Elks Lodge, NAACP, Urban League, a multi-purpose business center and various church events in the heart of historic Broward County.

Sistrunk Corridor
DESCRIPTION: Though integration caused some middle income resident and business flight, the historic core of African American Fort Lauderdale still beats strong and true in this corridor. You can find barbecue, beauty salons, barbershops and other small businesses along with a library and multipurpose community center. Explore the area for the most soulful experience in Fort Lauderdale.
ADDRESS: 15 Blocks west along Sistrunk Blvd (NW 6th Street), Fort Lauderdale, FL MAP

Westside Gazette
DESCRIPTION: Since 1971, the Westside Gazette newspaper has maintained the professional and insightful reporting that has gained the trust of South Florida’s African-American community. An active supporter of the community, it sponsors several events that include Sickle Cell Foundation of Broward, Annual David Deal Play, Sistrunk Historical Festival and Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration.
ADDRESS: 545 NW 7th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, FL MAP
PHONE: 954-525-1489

SoulOfAmerica in Greater Fort Lauderdale

Provident Hospital and Von Mizell Center
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1938 by Dr. James Sistrunk, Dr. Von Mizell and Leona Collins; this site held the first hospital for African Americans in Broward County. Once integration permitted patients to visit Broward General Hospital, it sounded a death-knell for Provident, which closed in the mid-1960s. The hospital was converted into the Von Mizell Cultural Center and Library on this site. It was named in honor of Dr. Mizell, who was also a Civil Rights leader. The scope of service provided by the center outgrew this location, so in 2002 the library and cultural center moved to a newer, larger location that became the African American Research Library & Cultural Center. Von Mizell Center now serves as community center and is home for a number of public service activities.
DAYS & HOURS: daily Mon-Fri
ADDRESS: 1409 Sistrunk Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL MAP
PHONE: 954-828-4538

NAACP of Broward County
Located in the Von Mizell Community Center
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 9a-5p
ADDRESS: 1409 Sistrunk Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL
PHONE: 954-764-7604

Urban League of Broward County
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 8a-5p
ADDRESS: 11 NW 36th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL
PHONE: 954-584-0777

Fort Lauderdale Black Chamber of Commerce
Greater Fort Lauderdale Multicultural Tourism Network is located in the Kingston Building complex
ADDRESS: 3520 West Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL
PHONE: 954-792-1181

100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale
ADDRESS: 10097 Cleary Blvd, Plantation, FL
PHONE: 954-519-0002

National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers; organizes the annual International Multicultural Tourism/Hotel Ownership Summit and Trade Show
ADDRESS: 3520 West Broward Blvd, Suite 218b, Fort Lauderdale, FL MAP
PHONE: 954-792-2579

Kitty Oliver – Historian
Author, Oral Historian, PhD, TV & Radio Producer
ADDRESS: 1323 SE 17th Street, #108, Fort Lauderdale, FL
PHONE: 954-382-0793

First Baptist Church of Piney Grove
DESCRIPTION: Founded 1902 and believed to be the first Black Baptist church in Broward County
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 7:30a and 10:45a
ADDRESS: 1100 NW 4th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL MAP
PHONE: 954-463-8286

Mount Herman AME Church
DESCRIPTION: Oldest AME church in Broward County
ADDRESS: 401 NW 7th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, FL MAP
PHONE: 954-463-6309

Mount Olive Baptist Church
DESCRIPTION: An 8,000-member congregation
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 7:30a and 11a
ADDRESS: 400 NW 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL MAP
PHONE: 954-463-5126

St. George Catholic Church
DESCRIPTION: One of the oldest black Catholic congregations in the region
DAILY MASS: 8a and Sat 4:30p and Sun 9a
ADDRESS: 3640 NW 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL MAP
PHONE: 954-583-5892

Christway Baptist Church
DESCRIPTION: Founded 1994, this 450-person congregation recently moved into a larger church
ADDRESS: 3800 South Douglas Road, Hollywood, FL MAP
PHONE: 954-442-7477


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