Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson honors Historic Hampton House Trust
Dr. Enid Pinkney, Founding President/CEO of the Historic Hampton House Community Trust, is flanked by left, Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson and right, Mayor Carlos Gimenez, at the Historic Hampton House Awards Program held September 29, 2012 at the Church of the Open Door, 6001 N.W. 7 Ave., Miami. Dr. Pinkney received a proclamation from Miami-Dade County in celebration of the continuing work by the Trust to restore the Hampton House which in its heyday drew people from all over the South as well as the rest of the nation. The Hampton House Motel, featured luxurious accommodations with valet parking, 24-hour food service, a banquet hall and a jazz club where all colors of people congregated to hear the best performers of the day. It not only served as a jazz hot spot; it also was important historically. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali were frequent guests and the Miami chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) had its weekly meetings there. Plans call for a museum and archive dedicated to vintage jazz, a studio and a school for talented young musicians, and a stage for performances, in addition to first-class restaurant and banquet facilities.
For more information: www.historichamptonhousemiami.com
Photo credits: Ryan Holloway/Miami-Dade County