Miami Heritage Sites

Miami Heritage Sites

Miami Heritage Sites are small number. This makes sense when you consider that the region was only occupied by nomadic Seminoles as late as the 1880s. A small number of Bahamian immigrants cruised over in the 1880s to settle in the area now known as Coconut Grove. Bahamian-Americans helped extend the railroad to Miami in the 1890s.

Ebenezer Stirrup Residence
DESCRIPTION: This two-story structure was built of durable Florida pine in 1897 by Ebenezer Stirrup. It is the first home on the left side of Historic Charles Avenue looking west and reminds us why Bahamians were attracted, then recruited to be the earliest builders in South Florida. Charles Avenue was also home to Bahamian-Americans and Bahamian immigrants who came to work in Miami’s emerging hotel industry.
ADDRESS: 3242 Charles Avenue, Miami, FL MAP

Coconut Grove Cemetery
DESCRIPTION: The final resting place of the earliest Black settlers in South Florida. The Coconut Grove Cemetery Association, comprised of Miami’s early prominent African American citizens, formally organized this Charlotte Jane burial place in 1913.
ADDRESS: Charles Ave at South Douglas Road, Miami, FL MAP

Lincoln Park Cemetery
DESCRIPTION: With remains interred since the late 19th century, it is one of the oldest Black cemeteries in Dade County.
ADDRESS: 3001 NW 46th Street, Miami, FL MAP

Dana A. Dorsey Residence
DESCRIPTION: An exterior peek at the home of one of Miami’s most prominent black real estate entrepreneurs in 1915. It was one of the first houses of its time to feature electricity when opened. This national Historic landmark is now a private residence. No tours.
ADDRESS: 250 NW 9th Street (Dana A Dorsey Street), Miami, FL MAP

Historic Overtown Folklife Village
DESCRIPTION: Under the leadership of Archivist Dorothy Jenkins and the Overtown Collective, the former “Harlem of the South.” Overtown, is recovering from highway intrusion and urban renewal. Although many buildings like the Sir John Hotel at Sixth Street and 3rd Avenue which hosted Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, and Josephine Baker are gone, there are other historic buildings in various stages of renovation.
ADDRESS: Carver Hotel at NW 9th Street and 3rd Ave, Dr. Davis Office Building at NW 2nd Ave and 10th Street, and Cola-Nip Building at 233-5 NW 9th Street, Miami, FL MAP

Booker T. Washington School and Monument
DESCRIPTION: First public school in South Florida to provide a 12th grade education for black children; the recent renovation of this functioning school was accented with an exquisite monument dedicated to the teachings of Booker T Washington
ADDRESS: 1200 NW 6th Avenue, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-324-8900

Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church
DESCRIPTION: The original church consisted of whites and blacks at Union Chapel from before 1884; the Black members branched out in 1894 to form the 56 Members Church which met in a house; shortly afterwards the church was renamed Macedonia Baptist; the church moved to its location in 1948
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 7:30a & 11a
ADDRESS: 3315 South Douglas Road, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-445-6459

Greater Bethel AME Church
DESCRIPTION: Founded 1896, it is one of the oldest remaining African American congregations in the city; the church, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a mixture of grand architectural styles
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 7:30a & 11a
ADDRESS: 245 NW 8th Street, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-371-9102
WEBSITE: none

House of God of Nazarene
DESCRIPTION: One of the oldest churches in Overtown
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 1042 NW 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-374-2031
WEBSITE: none

Saint John’s Baptist Church
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1906; this art deco edifice was built in 1906 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; now St John’s Institutional Missionary Baptist Church; youth and adult choirs
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 7:30a & 11a, 7p
ADDRESS: 1328 NW 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-372-3877

New Birth Baptist Church
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1991 by Rev Victor T Curry, it is now the largest Black church in South Florida; its huge Cathedral of Faith opened in 1995 to expand its many ministries; the church owns WMBM radio station
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 8a, 11a & 7p
ADDRESS: 2300 NW 135th Street, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-685-3700
WEBSITE: http://www.newbirthbaptistmiami.org

Ebenezer Methodist Church
DESCRIPTION: Organized in 1898 in Overtown, moved to this larger location in 1957; features a broad range of ministries
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 7:30a & 11:15a
ADDRESS: 2001 NW 35th Street, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-635-7413

First Baptist Church of Brownsville
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1902 and believed to be the first Black Baptist church in Dade County
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 7:30a & 10:45a
ADDRESS: 4600 NW 23rd Avenue, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-635-8053

Muhammad Mosque #29
DESCRIPTION: Miami branch of the Nation Of Islam
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 2p
ADDRESS: 5660 NW 7th Avenue, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-756-9136 or 0111

Masjid Al-Ansar
DESCRIPTION: Orthodox Muslim mosque; oldest and largest masjid in South Florida
FRIDAY WORSHIP: 1:30p
ADDRESS: 5245 NW 7th Avenue, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-757-8741
WEBSITE:

South Florida Boxing Gym
DESCRIPTION: This gym is a re-birth of the 5th Street Gym where then heavyweight boxing champ, Muhammad Ali, trained under Angelo Dundee. The original gym was located at 5th & Washington Avenue.
ADDRESS: 715 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-672-8262



Opa-Locka City Hall
DESCRIPTION: This functioning site on the National Register of Historic Places is based on the Moorish theme derived from the tale “Ali Baba and his Forty Thieves”; you have probably seen this building on an ad; an African American mayor has headed this community for a number of years
ADDRESS: 777 Sharazad Blvd, Opa-Locka, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-688-4611

Harry Hurt Building
DESCRIPTION: Another site on the National Register of Historic Places with the same Moorish Revival architectural theme as city hall; today it is an office building
ADDRESS: 490 Opa-Locka Blvd  MAP
PHONE: 305-687-3545

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