African American Destinations in Florida

    By Lauren Tjaden

    African-American history and culture are an inseparable part of Florida and its story, from the northern reaches of the state to its southernmost point.  

    This history reveals itself in buildings like the Williams House on Amelia Island, a charming bed and breakfast adorned with lattice and a graceful porch—and a fascinating past. The cheerful edifice was a safe house on the Underground Railroad, with its secret room still intact. 

    It’s highlighted in places like The African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale, which encompasses a mind-boggling 60,000 square feet, with more African-American history books and books written by African-Americans than any other place in the country.

    And it’s honored in events like the ZORA! Fest in Eatonville, named for the little girl who grew up there, Zora Neale Hurston, the most prolific Black woman writer of the Harlem Renaissance.

    Check out these articles and videos to learn where you can discover and celebrate African American culture and history all around Florida...

    Wells' Built Museum: Highlighting Orlando's African-American History

    African-American History in Miami’s Overtown

    Celebrate Jackie Robinson's Legacy in Daytona Beach 

    Hannibal Square Heritage Center of Winter Park: Pride & Progress

    Key West’s Unique African Refugee Cemetery

    Greenville: The Hometown of Ray Charles

    First Florida State Park Named for African Americans

    Celebrating History and Culture at ZORA! Fest in Eatonville

    Zora Neale Hurston’s Eatonville (w/video)

    African-American History and Culture in Miami’s Overtown

    Now’s the Time to Visit Little Haiti, on the Brink of Change

    Finding African-American History, and Florida’s Angola Community

    African-American History in St. Petersburg’s Deuces Neighborhood

    Pensacola’s African-American Roots

    5 Great Places to Explore Florida's Unique Black Heritage

    Bealsville: A Florida Story of Drive and Determination

    African-American History in St. Augustine's Lincolnville Neighborhood

    3 ‘Conch Towns’ Where Florida’s Bahamian Culture Thrives